Neilson Hubbard knows the power of a cinematic landscape; he has been crafting his own sound as a songwriter and producer over the past 20 years.
Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, he first gained acclaim as a singer and songwriter with Strays Don’t Sleep, a band he co-founded with artist Matthew Ryan. Over the course of the past decade, has become a highly respected and sought-after songwriter and producer, collaborating with Mary Gauthier, Caroline Spence, Ben Glover, Sam Baker and Amy Speace. A few years back, he and fellow musician/songwriter Joshua Britt, along with Ben Glover, formed the band Orphan Brigade. It began as a ghost chase: their first songs written and recorded almost literally in collaboration with a haunted octagonal pre-Civil War building in Kentucky. That project also birthed an award-winning documentary Hubbard and Britt made about the record, “Soundtrack to a Ghost Story”. The band’s second record was recorded in the 2500-year-old knights templar caves under Osimo, Italy and was released in 2017. Hubbard and Britt formed a kind of atelier called Neighborhoods Apart and have been producing videos and photography for John Prine, Jason Isbell, Tommy Emmanuel, Rodney Crowell, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Wild Ponies and others.
Cumberland Island, the largest of the Sea Islands off the Atlantic coast of Georgia, is ruggedly romantic terrain – much like the new album that bears its name, Neilson Hubbard’s first collection of songs for 12 years.