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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Drew Nelson - The Other Side - New release review

I just received the newest release, The Other Side, from Drew Nelson and it's quite interesting. Opening with Seven Days, a country influenced blues number, Nelson shows his Dylanesque vocals backed by some of the sweetest slide melodic to be heard in a while. Nelson who plays guitar is backed by Matt Sobb on drums, Steve Marriner on bass, baritone guitar, harmonica, keys and guitar. Make It Right has a little bit of a Jimmy Reed feel with Marriner on harp and keys. There is really a lot going on here instrumentally here and I really like it! On Reggae flavored Stick Around you get a pseudo island feel ... a cool pop track. On Bird On A Wire, is given a real country flavor with nice steel guitar adornment by John Steele. One More Chance is an excellent Chicago style blues with super harp and key demonstrations by Marriner. Nelson does some of his best vocals on this smokin' track. Step back and hear Muddy Waters come alive on slide! Nice! Valentine has a bit of that spaghetti western feel with acoustically altered slide work and rugged vocals making this another strong track. Drifting Away is a C&W styled ballad with cool guitar effects which hits a niche which I personally feel is being neglected on a national basis. This is a nicely constructed and executed track again featuring Steele on pedal guitar. Please Come Home has a bit of new Orleans flair but not stepping out with the big horns. Marriner again steps up on keys and harp warming the track substantially. Did You Ever? is an easy paced ballad featuring a full throated sax solo from Steve Trecarien. Icing the track is a nicely articulated guitar solo in blues ballad style. Get It is a definite rocker, pitting Nelson's vocals against Marriner on slide and harp. Excellent! Wrapping the track is title track, The Other Side, a quiet folk ballad. Ken Kanwisher brings a warm cello interpretation to the track adding substantial warmth.

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This track is not from the release but is a flavor of Nelson's work.

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