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Nomad Jones is a hot new Western Canadian bluegrass outfit equally comfortable ripping on rollicking classics or serenading on sultry ballads. Drawing from an extensive repertoire from traditional ‘grass and beyond, Nomad Jones provides the full package with father-son harmonies and intriguing instrumentals.
A combination of youth and beauty, veterans and virtuosos, Nomad Jones banded together to chase the bluegrass bug, bolstered by their diverse backgrounds. Equally comfortable ripping on rollicking classics or serenading on sultry ballads, Nomad Jones draws on an extensive repertoire of traditional ‘grass and beyond to provide a full package of family harmonies and intriguing instrumentals.
The youngest member of the band, Nico Humby (Edmonton, AB) puts down a solid bottom end on the double bass while providing passionate vocals. Nico’s bluegrass style has evolved through years of singing and playing various genres of music, from funk to folk and R&B to swing. He was a member of Bitter Green (with Mile Zurawell) which placed 2nd at the 2016 Blueberry Bluegrass Festival Band competition.
Also on the younger end of the spectrum, Miles Zurawell (Edmonton, AB) can and will draw pretty much every emotion out of your soul as he riffs and rolls along on the resonator guitar. Local Edmonton band The Misery Mountain Boys gave him his start from 2011 – 2013. He counts Earl Scruggs, JD Crowe, Rob Ickes, Jerry Douglas, Billy Cardine and Bryan Sutton among his influences.
Providing the drive and direction for Nomad Jones is pre-eminent performer Craig Korth (Nelson, BC) on banjo. Craig brings a vast knowledge of the genre to the band with nearly 40 years experience taking the stage across North America. His abilities have allowed him to take the banjo well beyond bluegrass and he can be seen around the region rolling away in jazz and rock groups.
Rounding out the band is Bill Humby (Victoria, BC) singing his heart out on lead and harmony vocals and providing grooving guitar rhythm. Bill has a vast musical background that includes drumming in a lounge lizard band, performing in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and singing on a Radio Canada reality television show for bilingual Canadian families.
Joining Nomad Jones is special guest James Whitall on mandolin. This Victoria virtuoso is a sought-after performer and teacher on both
guitar and mandolin whose impressive chops have made him a mainstay in Oliver Swain’s Big Machine, Shearwater Bluegrass Band and
the Rock Island Ramblers. The latter won the local M award for best roots\world\blues group and was also awarded second place at the 5th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards. James’ passion and enthusiasm for the mandolin has taken him across the country, spreading his reputation as one of Canada’s finest mandolinists.