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.
Mixing the roots-rock sounds of Bruce Springsteen with the storytelling sensibility of Nanci Griffith is Drew Nelson on his Red House Records debut Tilt-A-Whirl. This gritty and soulful Americana record busts right out of the gate with the blue-collar anthem “Promised Land,” a rockin’ opener that traverses the eroding landscape of the American dream.
Available February 14th, 2012
Nelson stopped by the studios of WLAV-FM (96.9) and News Talk 1340 AM (WJRW) on Wednesday to talk about the new album and his Friday CD-release show at the Ladies Literary Club, 61 Sheldon Blvd. SE, in Grand Rapids. He also played one of the new songs from his album, “Here to There,” as part of my Local Spins Live segment on WJRW, and you can view video of this exclusive performance here at Spins on Music.