Nashville’s legendary music community is home to some of the world’s
They’re a varied group of uniquely creative, talented and colorful people
who not only write,
produce and perform some of the world’s greatest music, but also enjoy and
support each other,
both as business associates and as friends – many forming lifelong bonds and
beyond the scope of the world of music.
Mr. Jimmy Nalls is one of the great rock and blues guitarists of our time,
yet today he can’t practice
the craft he devoted nearly his entire life to.
That’s because Jimmy has been suffering from Parkinson’s disease since 1995,
and has endured progressive degeneration of the disease for the past 22
Jimmy had an incredible run playing the electric, acoustic and slide guitar
with a who’s who of bands and musicians, including jazz-rock supergroup Sea
Level (founding member),
Chuck Leavell, Jaimoe (Jai Johanny Johanson - Allman Brothers drummer),
Lamar Williams, Dr. John,
Gregg Allman, Bill Anderson, The Nighthawks, T. Graham Brown, Don McLean,
Lee Roy Parnell, Charlie Hayward, D.L. (Dave) Duncan, Alex Taylor, Bobby
Whitlock, Bonnie Bramlett,
Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul and Mary), and many, many others.
Today, however, Jimmy is confined to a wheelchair and struggling more and
to do the simple things in life we all take for granted.
His ability to speak and communicate is nearly gone, as is his ability to
eat on his own, stand or walk.
Basically, Jimmy can’t do anything without assistance, and this obviously
includes playing the guitar
and earning a living doing what he loves most – making music.
He sold off much of his gear long ago, and even with the help of
organizations such as MusiCares,
donations from friends and various benefits held in his name, life is nearly
and humiliating for Jimmy and his family.
During the mid-to late-1990s, and despite the onset of Parkinson’s’
Jimmy managed to record his first – and only – solo record/CD, titled Ain’t
which was released on MRL Records in 1999.
The record garnered high praise from both critics and industry
and seemed to set the stage for yet another successful musical run for Jimmy
… this time as a solo artist.
Unfortunately, that never happened.
Shortly after Ain’t No Stranger was released, Jimmy began working on his
second solo record.
He tried valiantly to work through the progressing challenges of
and with the help of longtime collaborator and blues artist D.L. (Dave)
Duncan, they wrote, recorded
and left approximately 12 songs in various stages of completion.
Jimmy, himself, was able to record several key rhythm and lead tracks,
along with several keeper vocal tracks.
But eventually, tremors and other debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s
made singing and playing impossible for him, most ironically wrecking his
extraordinary and trademark vibrato.
The frustration over his inability to complete the project became
and at times, downright unbearable, so the tracks were eventually shelved,
seemingly lost forever on a hard drive on a computer in Jimmy’s home studio.
Today, through a few ironic coincidences and the work of several close
and former coworkers coming together “behind the scenes,”
this compilation of new material has been given new life, and a new name –
The Jimmy Nalls Project.
Over the last several months, an effort spearheaded by longtime – and world
Nashville luthier Joe Glaser, has been underway to gather his friends to put
the finishing touches
on Jimmy’s long-lost second record.
The goal is – and always has been – to finish the record, release it to the
and allow it to generate some much-needed funds to help Jimmy and his family
through these very difficult times.
Though retrieved in various stages of completion, the majority of the tracks
and accompanying files
were sorted through and distributed to a very select group of Jimmy’s
friends and colleagues,
all ready and eager to help complete – finally – The Jimmy Nalls Project
record/CD and release it to world.
Flash drives were sent to various volunteer producers, engineers and
artists, and each choose a track,
decided what parts were useable and what “guests” would work best to finish
That “list of artists, producers, engineers and guests” includes
such as Warren Haynes, Gary Nicholson, Ray Kennedy, Aerosmith’s Brad
Whitford, Joe Bonamassa, JD Simo,
D.L. (Dave) Duncan, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Chuck Leavell, Lee Roy
Parnell, Jack Pearson, Lynn Williams,
Dave Pomeroy, Brent Mason, Johnny Hiland, Herb Schucher, Brian Allen, Wes
Little, Guthrie Trapp,
Kenny Greenberg, Jimmy Hall, Brent Maher, Chopper Anderson, Rick Wheeler,
and Buddy Greene,
and several others.
From the start, the idea was to retain the spirit of Jimmy’s original
using some part of each of the original recordings.
Each track producer had the option of completing that track in whatever
style and length was deemed to fit –
adding and/or replacing tracks as necessary.
While some artists have made their contributions remotely, the majority of
the work was done
in several of Nashville’s world-renowned studios that donated studio time to
help complete the project.
For the most part, this afforded Jimmy the opportunity to be an integral
part of the process –
something that has helped reinvigorate his self-esteem and drive to see this
project through to the end.
Nothing has been as rewarding as seeing the look on his face spending time
in the studios,
lending a helping hand where and when he can, and watching his friends and
come together in this collective effort to help him finish his long-awaited
second solo effort.
Parkinson’s disease can strike anyone, and through their interactions with
Jimmy, all of us have been able
to experience firsthand the ruthless nature of this terrible disease.
This not only urged everyone to lend their valuable time and talents to help
complete the songs,
but also to save all studio paraphernalia involved, and employ their social
to add visibility to the project and let the world know of the record’s
and the much-needed goodwill
it will bring Jimmy and his family.
Some of these artists have known Jimmy for years, while others had never met
All, however, are fully aware of his history, and the obvious current
challenges facing him and his family.
Even more importantly, throughout the course of the project they all have
realized just how lucky they are
to do what they love – which is to make and play music.
The talents and services of all involved have been donated both freely and
and 100 percent of all monies raised will go into a special fund set up
especially for The Jimmy Nalls Project.
This fund will be administered by two executors, who will oversee the
distribution of funds over time
to Jimmy’s family to help offset the costs of his continued treatment,
as well as provide much needed improvements to make their home more handicap
This could have happened to anyone. But over the years, Jimmy has touched
the lives, hearts and souls
of so many people, friends and colleagues, that now all of them have stood
together proudly to complete
The Jimmy Nalls Project, and to show their love and desire to help this
great man and his family
during their time of need.
Music is a labor of love, and The Jimmy Nalls Project is the absolute
embodiment of that love.
Join with us and help make The Jimmy Nalls Project a success.