Archive for the ‘Raelyn Nelson’ Category
by: Marissa R. Moss
Raelyn, growing up in a family so synonymous with country music, was there a point where you wanted to rebel?
Nelson: No. It’s just always been around, and that’s just what was and what is. I love it. Old country just feeds my soul.
Raelyn, do you have conversations with Willie about how to survive in the industry here?
Nelson: He doesn’t not like Nashville, but he got out of here because it wouldn’t let him do what he wanted to do and let him be him. So that’s what he told me when we were sitting around on the bus. He said, “Keep doing this. Keep going, keep putting your music out yourself.” He’s kind of against people taking his money for his songs, you know?
If you could score a major-label deal, would you want it?
Nelson: I don’t really aspire to get a label deal — my grandpa said, “Don’t give away your music, just put it out on your own,” so that’s what I’m going to do. I’m not saying never. But now, it’s not the one thing on my mind.
Well, speaking of other people’s songs, what did you listen to growing up?
Nelson: Papa Willie, Loretta, and Patsy [Cline] and Waylon [Jennings].
Country’s New Generation
by: Marissa R. Moss
But just because their music may touch more on Tammy Wynette than Tim McGraw, it doesn’t mean this trio is always content with being plagued by words like “throwback,” “vintage” or “whiskey-soaked,” either. Though their music can be called traditional, they certainly have no designs on simply recreating the past. (more…)
“Marty Shine” is what many of his friends call him. He’s the owner of the Moonshine Sauce Companywho through a series of events over the last year or so has gone from slaving over a hot barbecue pit to playing festival promoter at this weekend’s Outlaw Fest at the Edgehill Farm in Oakland, KY.
Independent-minded artists and fans are already making their way to the inaugural gathering, looking to take in music from headliners like Billy Joe Shaver and The Steeldrivers, and music and stories from 2nd and 3rd generation Outlaws like Waylon Jennings’ son Terry Jennings, his grandson Whey Jennings, and Willie Nelson’s granddaughter Raelyn Nelson. Add on top that legendary songwriters like Billie Gant, up-and-coming stars like the Dallas Moore Band and Josh Morningstar, well-known Texas radio DJ “Big G” Gordon Ames, and Outlaw Fest has a little something of everything from the Outlaw country world.
Raelyn Nelson and her band kicked off Farm Aid 2014, with a rocking rendition of Joan Jett’s, ‘Bad Reputation’. She was joined by aunt Amy Nelson, on the Moon Song, which she recorded for her new album, joined by her grandfather, Willie Nelson (listen to song, below). Raelyn is daughter of Billy Nelson, who passed when Raelyn was young.
Willie Nelson greets his granddaughter, and introduces her set (her first at Farm Aid) to the crowd.
Listen to their great rendition of Joan Jett’s, ‘Bad Reputation’
Check out the band’s new album!
Tickets are now on sale to the Farm Aid 2014 concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, on September 13, 2014, at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Visit www.FarmAid.org to see the amazing lineup, which is growing every day: Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Jack White and more. Today, the Raelyn Band was added, too.
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Isn’t she creative? And she recycles. Raelyn Nelson of the Raelyn Nelson Band is recycling the band’s guitar strings, and turning them into beautiful bracelets. Only $10.00 each; you can get yours on Etsy HERE.
Also, don’t forget, the Raelynn Nelson Band has a new album out, and you can get a copy from the band’s website: www.RaelynNelsonBand.com, or on iTunes.
You can listen to her album, and purchase the band’s album at the band’s website here.
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Each week, 95.3 The Bear and Pepsi will spotlight ‘A Southern Original’ featuring an up and coming country artist and delve into their music and history.
I figured the best way to start this feature off was with a rocking little country band from Nashville that has some of the most legendary roots in country music. Hopefully, with that comment you’ve figured out that Raelynn Nelson has a famous grandfather named Willie, or ‘Papa Willie’ as she lovingly refers to him.
Taking a page from Willie, Waylon, Cash, and Paycheck’s unwritten “Outlaw Handbook,” Raelyn Nelson Band are doing their own thing with an alt rock leaning, rowdy approach to country music. As a matter of fact it’s hard to classify them either way so let’s don’t. Let’s just call it music and move on.
My favorite track on their self-titled EP is a song called ‘Get a Room’, the last cut on the record. This one hits like the opening of ‘I Fought the Law’ but more like The Clash version than the original Bobby Fuller Four version. The driving drum beat sets the tone while the chang-a-lang strumming of the guitar helps to count the song into a rhythm awaiting the arrival of Raelyn’s voice, innocent but commanding. The song sings of two lovers who need to “get a room before we get arrested.”
Of course you’ll not be able to miss ‘Moon Song’ which is Raelyn’s chance to sing beside her very famous grandfather. Honestly the most country track, ‘Moon Song’ is like an upbeat, honky-tonk lullaby if that makes sense. Her sweet voice coupled with the steady strumming of her ukelele makes it the perfect soundtrack for Sunday morning coffee with the person you love.
Before leaving you two tracks to discover on your own, I’ll close with a short review of Raelyn Nelson Band’s first single, ‘Do You.’ It’s a signature love song/party anthem if there has ever been such a thing. A bouncy ode to individuality and the prospect of love, the appeal of ‘Do You’ is the springy guitar riffs and anthemic chorus, cheering, “But I wanna be with you and I want you to want me to. Do you?”
All in all, I’m a fan. Raelyn Nelson Band have a musically adorable appeal and are smart in their placement of memorable riffs and lyrics.
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