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.
Drew was featured in West Michigan’s Revue Magazine! Check out an excerpt below, and be sure to read the full story by John Sinkevics:
Surrounded by saws, drills, wood-benders and other tools of the guitar-making trade in his basement, Drew Nelson held the mahogany panel next to his care and tapped it with his fingers.
“It really rings,” he marveled. “It has a character and a sound to it.”
That handsome slice of wood soon will become the top of another Nelson-made acoustic guitar, forming the vital soundboard that distinguishes each instrument, giving it a distinctive resonance.
Perhaps it’s only apropos that the veteran Grand Rapids singer-songwriter has turned some of his musical passion toward making guitars the past four years: He’s long been a lyrical soundboard for Michigan’s rough-hewn common folk and its inspiring natural beauty.
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Monday, September 12, 2011
Contact: Ellen Stanley, (651) 644-4161, email@example.com
RED HOUSE SIGNS MICHIGAN SINGER-SONGWRITER DREW NELSON
“Drew Nelson is one of my favorite new artists. His songs sound like the rest of us feel.” -John Gorka
ST. PAUL, MN — Red House Records is very pleased to announce that they have signed Michigan songwriter Drew Nelson to its award-winning roster. An artist with an international reputation and several critically acclaimed albums under his belt, the folk/Americana singer is excited to be a part of the Grammy-winning indie label, joining an illustrious list of artists that includes veterans like John Gorka, Hot Tuna, Lucy Kaplansky and Dale Watson as well as younger Billboard-charting bands like The Wailin’ Jennys and Storyhill.
“Red House Records is a company apart,” Drew says. “They not only believe in art but they also believe in artists. I am so honored to be included in the Red House family.”
Drew’s Red House debut Tilt-A-Whirl will come out in early 2012. He can also be heard on the new album Dark River: Songs of the Civil War Era, along with Jon Dee Graham, Slaid Cleaves, James McMurtry and new label-mate Eliza Gilkyson.
For more information about Drew and to set up an interview, please contact Ellen Stanley at (651) 644-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.