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Raelynn Nelson Band on Tour

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Hey y’all!

Raelyn Nelson here…we are having a great start to 2018. We played Lafayette’s Music Room which was my first time ever playing in Memphis. It was also our first time playing the 30A Songwriter festival in Watersound Beach, Florida this past weekend. We played the festival’s kickoff party and received a noise complaint from a venue two doors down!
Angie got married this month and will be on her honeymoon for a couple of weeks. We are gearing up to record our new tunes at Sweetwater Studios in Fort Wayne, Indiana mid February with our new record out this Spring. We have some new videos for you this newsletter. Oh! If you need some advice, please send your question to and it could be featured in our “ask the RNB” section of next month’s newsletter! Thanks for your support.

Peace, Love, and Angels,



Come See A Show and Hang Out With RNB:

February 10 Madison, TN Dee’s

February 17 Lake Charles, LA

March 1 Chattanooga, TN

March 2 Knoxville, TN

March 3 Roanoke, VA

March 16 Fort Wayne, IN

April 13 Nashville, TN

April 27 San Antonio, TX

April 28 Denton, TX

July 6 Whisky a Go Go East Hollywood California

The Raelynn Nelson Band

Friday, November 10th, 2017
by:  Steve Wildsmith

When Raelyn Nelson makes the claim that she’s the “black sheep” of her family, it raises some eyebrows.

After all, this is the granddaughter of country icon Willie Nelson, one of the original outlaws of country music. What kind of wild woman might she be, one wonders?

As it turns out, she told The Daily Times recently, “black sheep” is a relative term.

“I think, in a way, we all kind of feel like we’re the black sheep of our family, but I do feel that way,” said Nelson, who brings her band to The Shed Smokehouse and Juke Joint in Maryville on Friday. “My mom’s side is extremely conservative, my dad’s side is extremely liberal, and I’m kind of in the middle, where I’m not extreme either way. I’ve fought that battle my whole life.”

It’s one of many battles she’s had to fight — after all, with the Nelson surname and a legacy of making music casting large shadows, she’s had to scrap and claw to stake out a claim as her own woman. Not that her famous grandfather has put any expectations on her, she said; if anything, he’s been a kind and gentle guiding force as far back as she can remember.

“My earliest musical memories? My dad (Willie Hugh Nelson Jr., who died in 1991) and my grandpa singing ‘Jingle Bells’ to me,” she said. “I remember them singing to me, and my dad playing guitar to me. I remember going to Papa Willie’s shows and them being crazy, just tons of people there and it taking a long time to get to him.”

Her parents separated when she was 3; her mother kept her a safe distance from the wild ways of the Nelson clan, but the sounds of her grandfather and his peers had a way of sneaking around the barriers her mother erected. She cut her teeth on artists like Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Amy Grant; as a teenager, she discovered pop, R&B and rock, and when she met Jonathan “J.B.” Bright — the musical backbone of the Raelyn Nelson Band and her partner in music — her world got a whole lot bigger, she said.

“He opened me up to the world of The Clash and the Ramones, and he was playing in a band called Defense Wins Championships at the time, which was real hard, loud rock music,” she said. “When I told him I was looking for a place to record

my own music, he told me to come over and record at his place. When I got over there, he asked if I wanted to write songs and put together a combo, and I said yes immediately. All of our music is a hybrid of my country and him adding his rock influence into it. We do everything together — videos, songwriting, websites, social media. He’s a true part of the Raelyn Nelson Band.”

She had come into her own several years earlier; discovering Shania Twain lit a fire in her, she said, and when she reached out to her grandfather at 14, asking if she could have one of his old guitars, he sent her a Martin. She started writing songs on it (and still owns it today), but while working with Bright, she found a ukulele that he had used to make an album of Replacements covers. While Bright was in the engineer’s chair, she started playing it; Bright taught her chords, and she decided to play ukulele instead.

“It’s a lot of fun to play, and it’s easy to swing around and perform on stage with it,” she said.

In 2014, the Raelyn Nelson Band released a debut EP; it’s a rough-around-the-edges record, and rightly so, she pointed out; she and the boys were still figuring out their sound. But the potential for what the group would become is there, in Nelson’s vocals, which burn hot as a Texas wildfire, and Bright’s deft rock ‘n’ roll licks. They’ve released a number of singles over the past couple of years and hope to eventually put out a new EP, she said.

“With the new stuff, I think we kind of honed in on the sound, because it has that cowpunk feel to it” she said.

“I like happy, fun songs; I’m not a big fan of songs that make people sad,” she said. “When we do ‘Daddy’s Grave’ live, it brings everyone down — it brings me down! — and I can see it. I decided I didn’t want to bring people down in that environment. ‘Daddy’s Grave’ is great for listening at home or in the car, but I don’t want to leave people with that taste. I want them to have fun and hang out with us. That song was kind of therapy; I was able to get it out, and it needed to be said, and it’s really touched a lot of people.”

And it proves that while she’s established herself as an artist in her own right, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. And she doesn’t mind a bit, she said.

“I’m very proud of my grandpa; I always have been, because he inspires me every day,” she said. “He inspired me to write songs, to play music, to live an unconventional lifestyle, and that it’s OK to do so. He has this aura about him that’s different than anybody in the world, and I think he really is more like Jesus than a lot of people, because he’s just so kind. It’s amazing how people from both sides just love him, and he can relate to anyone.

“I want to be just like him; however my music is not. I’m not as good of a guitar player, so you won’t get the same music, but hopefully you get the same kind of feeling you get when you see him play, because it’s coming from the same spot. I strive to have the same heart as he does.”

Raelyn Nelson at Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Thanks to Janis Tillerson for sharing her great photos of Raelyn Nelson in Austin on the 4th of July.  Janis is on Facebook, if you want to follow her, and see more of her photos.

Happy Birthday, sweet Raelyn Nelson

Monday, July 10th, 2017


Happy birthday to the talented and beautiful Raelyn Nelson.

Listen to her music and find out about her tour at:


Amy Nelson and Raelyn Nelson at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Good news on Twitter! Raelyn Nelson Band back in studio

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017


Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Raelyn Nelson Band? @RaelynNelson 55m55

Another number 1 album for this guy.

Willie Nelson Family

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Amy, Rebecca and Raelyn

The Raelyn Nelson Band in Denton last night

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Thank you, Janis Tillerson, for sharing photos from the Raelyn Nelson Band concert last night in Denton, Texas.  Looks like she scored a CD and a bandanna-wrapped guitar string bracelet.  You can get both of those at the band’s website, along with shirts and see their touring schedule:

They are worn here with really cool bracelet, with Willie Nelson quote, made by Austin artist Terry Murphy.   Information about ordering one for yourself here.


See The Raelyn Nelson Band in Houston This Friday (March 31, 2017)

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
Shows of the Week

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, March 31

The depths of Willie Nelson’s gene pool don’t stop at Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real. Granddaughter Raelyn is quickly making a name for herself as one of country’s brightest up-and-coming female artists in her own right. But not a solo artist — the cover of her band’s self-titled 2014 EP is an obvious homage to the Ramones’ debut album. That punky spirit carries right over into the songs, which establish Nelson as a lover and a fighter to be reckoned with. More impressive still is last year’s “Daddy’s Grave,” a touching tribute to her late father, Willie’s son Billy, who killed himself in 1991. She’s now working on a new album in Nashville, and while fellow Texans Kacey Musgraves, Sunny Sweeney, and Bri Bagwell all make good reference points for her sound, it may not be much longer until such comparisons are even necessary.

Raelyn Nelson: new shirts, new puns, new album and tour

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Hey y’all!

Raelyn Nelson here…     we have been recording the last few songs for a new RNB album due out the week of summer solstice (my favorite time of year). We will be in Denton, Texas on March 30, McGonigel’s in Houston on March 31, and the Townsend in Austin on April 1. If you are in Texas, come party with us.

I hope you enjoy your exclusive view of the new episode of Pun with Raelyn Nelson and thank you for your support!

Peace, Love, and Angels,


pun with Raelyn Nelson episode 17

New shirts.  Handsome models!

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More Pun and More Shows with the Raelyn Nelson Band

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

“While we are drinking coffee and finishing up our new single, we put together another episode of Pun With Raelyn Nelson …  exclusive only to our subscribers for one week!”

Find Raelyn Nelson on Facebook, and sign up at the band’s website for newsletters and cool videos like this one.  Lots more videos and news at their website.

Feb 17,    Kansas City, MO,
Feb 18,    Rock Island, IL
Mar 3,     Charleston, SC
Mar 4,     Black Mountain, NC
Mar 31,   Houston, TX
Apr 1,     Austin, TX
Apr 28   Birmingham, AL
May 12   Macon, GA
May 26   Raleigh, NC
July 21    Columbus, OH

For details and tickets:

Raelyn Nelson Band on Tour! #Americasfavoritemusicalgroup

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Raelyn Nelson Band in Lawrenceville, Georgia – Rock N’Ribville (Free concert!) (Sept. 17, 2016)

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016


See the Raelyn Nelson Band in concert in Georgia.

Raelyn Nelson Band, “The Moon Song” (Farm Aid 2014) Raleigh, North Carolina

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Raelyn and her band performed this song at Farm Aid 2014 on on September 13, 2014. She has recorded the song with Willie Nelson, also. m.