Born in Bristol, England, but raised in Chicago—for many, the home of a specific kind of blues—Commons had a fruitful musical childhood, thanks to a father who took him to shows by Neil Young and the Allman Brothers, his teaching himself guitar, and a voice that simply wouldn’t stop getting bigger and bigger.
Back in the UK, Commons eventually signed a deal with producer Alex Da Kid’s KIDinaKORNER label, which brought forth Rumble And Sway—a package that brings to mind American influences Tom Waits & JJ Cale, but throws in some extra-sharp production techniques that merges the old and new in a distinctly different way, and one likely to bring in many different generations of fans.
The very first of Y! Music’s sessions at South By Southwest this year, Jamie N Commons gave us a taste of some very sophisticated and soulful music at a very early morning hour. We can’t wait to see what’s coming from him next.
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