Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band @ The Back Room

Article Contributed by Tanya Pinkerton | Published on Monday, July 18, 2016

In numerology, 5 is symbolic of dynamic change and energy. Think 5 genre-busting artists, releasing 5 new songs for $5 on Sunday, August 7th - 8:00 p.m. at the Back Room in Berkeley. The NRJN Band will release “East” their second EP in a series of four. “West,” the first of the series, was released in April 2016. Forthcoming releases this year will be “North” and “South."  The music was recorded live at the Big Room in Chico for PBS' Music Gone Public series. When placed together, the back covers of the four albums form one piece of art. “East” is now available with 5 new songs for $5!

Jim Nunally says of the new album: "Many of our original songs are inspired by great stories. EAST features songs inspired by favorite novels, The Cat’s Table (Michael Oondatje), The Summer Book (Tove Jannson), Snow Hunters (Paul Yoon)."

Nell's love of great stories started young: "My Uncle Allen took me and my sisters to the Birmingham library every Friday. And every Friday we arrived, each of us, with a stack of books that carried one on top of the other in our arms towered over our heads. We girls were avid readers, hungry readers." (Read more on her blog at

This band brings five genre-busting artists together to bring joyful music infused with folk, bluegrass, americana, roots, swing, jazz, and the blues. Alt-Roots, Folkbilly, whatever you call's original! Featuring Pete Grant on pedal steel, Jim Kerwin on bass fiddle and Jon Arkin on percussion. This is truly an all-star band.

Promo Link from 2016 second season PBS Series “Music Gone Public":

“…gorgeously harmonizing duo, Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally, roots musicians whose songs blur the boundaries of country, folk, and bluegrass, have come up with something novel to keep their fans’ attention and perhaps rope in some new ones. In April, the released a five-song EP. In June, they’ll release another five-songs, and then five more in August and again in September.”– DERK RICHARDSON, Peghead Nation, KPFA

"Personally penned tales such as “Complicated” and “Home’s Where I Long To Be” highlighted everyone’s seasoned abilities, their ability to change between the styles of Buck Owens, The Beatles, Johnny Cash and Doc Watson on a dime was even more impressive."– ANDY ARGYRAKIS, Chicago Concert Reviews

Location: The Back Room
Address: 1984 Bonita, Berkeley CA 94704
Date: Sunday, August 7, 2016
Showtime: 8:00 p.m.
Tickets:  $15 advance