ArthurAutumn is currently working on the follow-up to Sir Orchid & The Magnificent somewhere in Los Angeles, California. NEW MUSIC coming soon!
ArthurAutumn is Brent Arthur Nuffer, a prolific songwriter/singer from Michigan, now living in Los Angeles, California. Nuffer is also known for his work in the Detroit/East Lansing based band Studiotone. After releasing two records with the band, 2000’s Digital Radio and 2003’s Where You Left Off, Nuffer began to branch out musically with a yearning to explore other musical interests. As much as he loves the raw energy & the spirit of Rock & Roll, there were other elements deep within him just waiting to be explored and that's when ArthurAutumn was created.
Arthur is the middle name given to Nuffer. It was also his Grandfathers name, a kind and gentle man. Nuffer was very close to his Grandfather and the name was picked, in part, as a tribute to him. Combining his many influences from Bob Dylan to Nick Drake, Neil Young to Billie Holiday, Nuffer began to compose songs with a more mellow and expansive vibe, with the lyrics proving to be much more personal than ever before. Early into 2005, Nuffer met Zack Pearce, a gifted musician/producer from fellow local East Lansing, MI band The Flow. They developed a fast friendship, and shared similar musical interests. Within a month or so, Nuffer gave a rough recording of some songs he had written to Zack and asked him to listen. Zack liked what he heard from the recordings and saw within Nuffer a gifted songwriter and a voice that can evoke the deepest emotion out of the listener. In 2005 they began recording the songs that would become StyrofoamPillsHeartbreakShaker, a dark and moody album and sonically expansive, designed to send the listener on a journey through many thoughts and feelings. It was a dark period for Nuffer, much of that can be heard within the deeply personal lyric that surrounded the album. The album was released in 2006, was embraced by college radio, and was met with critical acclaim. The singles “Always On My Mind“, “Hold On” and “Empty Heart” helped launch great interest in this rising songwriter.
During the summer of 2007, in an effort to expand even further both musically and geographically, Nuffer made the long trek out West to California. On a tour that spanned the length of the country, in support of StyrofoamPillsHeartbreakShaker, Nuffer continued to gain interest in the album across the country. He settled in Los Angeles and quickly began playing shows from Venice to San Francisco, and along the way meeting new people and new musicians to work with. Always looking to expand and explore musically, Nuffer would experiment with strings and piano, both becoming present at live shows. In 2009 ArthurAutumn was invited to perform at a Birthday Tribute to the late great Jeff Buckley who was a great influence on Nuffer.
In July 2010, Nuffer made a phone call to Michigan-based songwriter/producer Andy Reed. After an extended growth period and a handful of songs written, a new album began to take shape. These songs would make up the album Sir Orchid & The Magnificent. As a writer and artist that is always interested in reinventing himself, Nuffer embarked on an album that would continue to expand upon the horizon of his work. The songs would be composed in California and recorded with Andy in his Michigan studio. With an importance of creating a collection of songs for an album, Nuffer turned to classic records of the past for influence. From the song selections to the artwork, it harkens back to the days when records were seen as a whole piece, a body of work meant to be listened to as a collective. The album explores the many sounds and influences that Nuffer grew up listening to along the way.
Sir Orchid & The Magnificent was released summer of 2011.
In 2009, the Los Angeles ROCKANDROLL outfit BARBARIAN OVERLORDS was formed. Nuffer was no stranger to ROCK music, yet this band was unexplored territory and a different breed all together. BARBARIAN OVERLORDS crushing raw ROCKANDROLL sound, with a deep slant in the Blues, found Nuffer roaring like never before, and adding Blues harmonica to his repertoire. When Nuffer answered a Craigslist ad from Drummer Brandon Kachel and Guitarist Joseph Spadaro, the process began. A few days later, Kachel, Spadaro and Nuffer got together in a rehearsal space and jammed on the Robert Johnson song “Sweet Home Chicago” and a number of Led Zeppelin songs. By the end of the off the cuff jam, a new band was formed. Bassist Gk Via would join the band in 2010 to complete the four piece outfit.
In early 2011, BARBARIAN OVERLORDS released it's self titled debut album. The band could soon be found playing all across Los Angeles and throughout California in venues such as The Troubador, The Whiskey, The Viper Room, The Key Club, The Roxy Theater, Molly Malones and numerous others. In January of 2014 the band released it’s second album, the expansive Rise Up. The album Rise Up showed much growth from within the band, setting it apart from it’s predecessor. The expansive sound found the band exploring more folk acoustic sounds which are present on the song “Stillness & The Bee,” the crushing sounds of “Hang Me From The Moon,” to the strong pop elements and strong song craft on songs like “Your Love Is Like Gasoline,” “Red” and “The Harvester.” Also notable are the lengths of songs such as “Jester For A King,” and “Ego Eye,” launching the band into epic tales, taking the listener on a journey full of lyrical and musical dynamics. A follow-up to BARBARIAN OVERLORDS 2014 Rise Up release has yet to be determined. For additional info & booking, see: overlordsmusic.com
2015 found Nuffer looking to branch out once again. In September 2015, Nuffer formed JETLEMONS with friends and fellow musicians based in Los Angeles.
JETLEMONS' name is inspired by the Detroit Tigers baseball player Chet Lemon, of whom Nuffer would watch as a little boy when his Grandfather Arthur would take him to baseball games. By November, JETLEMONS would perform Nirvana’s Nevermind in it’s entirety, front to back. In March, JETLEMONS would go on to perform the classic Radiohead album The Bends in it’s entirety. This was both a learning experience for the newly formed band, and an experiment in something that a band had not done before. There are cover bands and tribute bands, but not bands that take on and cover classic albums in full, with the depth and range this band is capable of. JETLEMONS are currently a Full Scale Premiere Cover Band performing in and around the Los Angeles area. The current line-up is: Brent A. Nuffer/Vocal, Keith Campbell/Drums, Iain Bullitt/Bass, Sid Srinivasan/Guitar & Chris Sestric/Guitar. For further info & booking see: jetlemonsla.com
Late 2015, ArthurAutumn was asked to join the Hohner/KHS America Family as an endorsed Artist. In January, ArthurAutumn performed at the Hohner/KHS America Booth as part of the NAMM 2016 Convention in Los Angeles. He is proud and honored to be apart of the Hohner Family based out of Nashville, Tennessee.
ArthurAutumn is currently in a studio in Los Angeles diligently sorting out the follow-up to 2011's Sir Orchid & The Magnificent, details to emerge soon. In the meantime, keep a look out for ArthurAutumn & The Bell Jar performances as the new material gets sorted out on a stage.