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Jimmy Nalls
 "Ain’t No Stranger"
By Bob Silvestri

     The latest  cd  from  Jimmy Nalls – Ain’t No Stranger is a national release  with a strong local  presence. Nalls is a former member of the blues group The Nighthawks and  with the 80s band Sea Level which was made up of members of the Allman Brothers during their hiatus from touring and recording.
      Within the last couple of years Nalls was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease and now has great difficulties  playing the  guitar. While he does play most of the guitar parts himself, he does employ Nashville veterans Lee Roy Parnell and T. Graham Brown for these sessions,using them  more as guests than stand-ins for his now limited abilites.Harry Stinson,another Nasville sessions player (drums and vocals) also lends a hand. Chuck Levell from Sea Level ,The Allman Brothers and currant touring keyboard player for the Rolling Stones,is also on board for a couple of tracks.
      As I said a strong local presence is showcased with Buffalo native and now Nashville resident Phil  Dillion handling the production and lending his numerous musical talents to all the tracks.Also featured is local blues artist Willie Schoellkopf on background vocals. Nalls and his band also tackle the Jim Whitford (The Steam Donkeys) song “Goodluck, Money and Gasoline” which was a set favorite from Whitfords’ days with his old band The Pinedogs.
       Altogether a very listenable cd. Here’s wishing Jimmy Nalls the best of luck as he deals with Parkinsons Disease. A cruel twist of fate for such a gifted guitarist.

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