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article imageNu-Blu talks George Jones tribute single, banjo and future plans Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 19, 2014 in Music
Levi Austin, the banjo player from the bluegrass band Nu-Blu, chatted about their single "Jesus & Jones," which pays homage to the late George Jones.
It is a collaboration with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sam Moore, and they tips their hats to the legendary George Jones. "We were sent the song by the writers, and we just fell in love with instantly since we are all huge George Jones fans," he said. "To be given the opportunity to record a song that pays tribute to him was an honor for us.
On working with the "Soul Man" himself, Austin noted that Sam Moore is another musical hero of theirs. "It was an honor and privilege to be in the same room as him, and he just rocked the house with this song," he said. "Sam was a friend of George's for a long time and he agreed to do it, and we were excited to do that as well."
Nu-Blu's new single will be released on Monday, while their full-length album will be out on September 16. "We have a lot of things in the horizon, and we are going to do as much as we can," he said.
He shared that their band's name originated from their lead singer, Carolyn Routh, who came up with it since her childhood and he acknowledged that it was the "perfect name."
Aside from playing banjo primarily in his group, Austin sings baritone vocals and some lead vocals, and he plays guitar.
He listed Ron Block from the Grammy-winning band, Alison Krauss and Union Station as his greatest musical inspiration, and dubs him as a "banjo master." "My favorite musician is Ron Block and he plays for Alison. He is an incredible banjo player and he is an innovator on the instrument, and a huge influence of mine," he said. "Ron has played a very instrumental role in my instrument."
Austin is drawn to the bluegrass genre due to the "people that are affiliated with it." "Bluegrass has a lot of wholesome musicians and they are very personable. It has a great vibe. Bluegrass stars are some of the nicest people that you will ever meet," he explained.
In addition to Levi Austin, the bluegrass quartet Nu-Blu is made up of Carolyn Routh, Daniel Routh and Austin Koerner.
To learn more about the bluegrass group Nu-Blu and their upcoming releases, visit their official Facebook page.
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