This year’s “Tilt A Whirl” (Red House Records) documents Nelson’s timely return to the studio. It’s his first album in three years and is stacked back to back with songs that rail on about just how screwed up our country’s priorities are. His guitar-driven songs are no doubt influenced by his life in Michigan, the most economically troubled state in the union. His song “Promised Land” sings the ballad of the working poor, and “Dust” eloquently tells the big banks where to stick their mortgages. Nelson is maturing with each new album, and he knows how to use his guitar to hit you where it counts.