Soul provider Nigel Hall’s debut album is out and soaring along with kudos from critics across the country as well as incredible live shows to celebrate the release. With the digital version and vinyl LP currently available, Feel Music Group released it on CD Friday, February 19, 2016. Ladies & Gentlemen… Nigel Hall captures the spirit of the songs that made Hall a musician. It was produced by Eric Krasno, guitarist and producer of a dizzying array of artists including Norah Jones, Justin Timberlake, Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville and Matisyahu.
Watch the video for “Gimme a Sign”
Trucks Band; he also performed on Jon Cleary’s Grammy-winning Go Go Juice. He was also nominated for four Offbeat Magazine’s ‘Best of the Beat’ Awards this year.
Hall’s original compositions, from the blissful, sunny ‘60s-style soul grooves of lead single “Gimme A Sign” and “Never Gonna Let You Go” to the teasing, R&B kiss of downtempo cuts like “Too Sweet” and “Call On Me” show off a record collector’s pitch-perfect knowledge and a lifelong fan’s passion for gritty, muscular rhythm and blues, funky dancefloor rave-ups and sultry bedroom serenades. The album is a proper introduction to Nigel Hall for fans of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Charles Bradley, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, The O’Jays, and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.
Nigel Hall grew up in Washington, D.C., in a highly musical family. His fingers first touched the keys before he hit kindergarten age, and his ears were wide open. “I grew up with records,” he said. “That’s why I’m obsessed. My father had a vast collection. I’d be in third grade with my Walkman and everyone’s listening to Ace of Bass, and I’m listening to ‘Return to Forever,’” Chick Corea’s fusion project with Stanley Clarke. The vintage sounds of Ladies & Gentlemen… Nigel Hall, infused with his electric freshness, together make both an audible autobiography and Nigel Hall’s musical mission statement.
“I like to sing songs that reflect my being and who I am as a person,” he said. “Because that really touches me. When you hear a song and it makes you cry, or it makes you happy or it evokes any kind of feeling, that is music. That is what music is supposed to do. And music is the last pure thing we have left on this earth. It’s the only pure thing.”
February 24 Maple Leaf New Orleans, LA
February 27 Brooklyn Bowl New York, NY
With Soul Rebels
March 3 Okeechobee Festival Okeechobee, FL
With Okeechobee All Stars
March 4 Okeechobee Festival Okeechobee, FL
March 11 Cervantes’ Other Side Denver, CO
With Joey Porter
March 12 Cervantes’ Other Side Denver, CO
With Joey Porter
March 18 T-Bois Blues Festival LaRose, LA
April 1 Fool’s Paradise Festival St Augustine, FL
April 2 Fool’s Paradise Festival St Augustine, FL
April 9 Euphoria Festival Austin, TX
April 15 Wanee Festival Live Oak, FL
April 16 Pour House Charleston, SC
June 10 Red Rocks Morrison, CO
June 11 Beanstalk Festival Westcliffe, CO
June 12 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
June 27 Blue Note Jazz Festival New York, NY
August 5 Telluride Jazz Festival Telluride, CO
August 14 For The Funk of It Festival Belden, CA