Jamie N Commons

- BBC - Sound of - 2012


The year's most promising new artists

Jamie N Commons

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With a whiskey and nicotine soaked growl of a voice, a five piece band and a bunch of songs that sound like they were uncovered in an attic where they'd been lying there since 1959 waiting for Johnny Cash or Nick Cave to cover them, Jamie N. Commons makes it hard to believe that he's only 22.

It's also hard to believe he's not an American - he was born in Bristol (though he did spend his formative years in Chicago, which must count for something). Old Testament themes of retribution, violence and death run through his debut EP The Baron which came out in October 2011, attracting the attention of critics (particularly Q Magazine) and gaining a high profile fan in the form of Elvis Costello.

A debut album is scheduled for 2012, and it wouldn't be a surprise if 2032 saw Rick Rubin producing a Commons album of Robert Johnson tunes.

Articles and Features

This Is Fake DIY interview

Read the full article 19/11/11

"Jamie tells us about his Tom Waits-tinged debut EP, and what's next on the cards..."

Guardian New Band Of The Day (No 1143)

Read the full article 07/11/11

"There's fire and brimstone all over this 22-year-old bluesman's music..."


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