May 11, 2015
Album Review: Shawn Nelson The Devil's River
"The fan favorite title track kicks things off and melodically gets you ready to roll through an album that takes you on a journey in Texas and beyond. Overall, the album has a definite classic country feel with honest and relatable lyrics that touch upon life, love and other musings." more
May 4, 2015
"Music is inside of Shawn Nelson. The singer songwriter, who has been writing songs and making albums for over twelve years, released his latest project, The Devil's River, in early 2015. His passion for his craft is clearly evident when he speaks and Nelson was gracious enough to take the time to talk about his roots, the album and more." more
Apr 23, 2015
My Random Jukebox | Shawn Nelson The Devil's River
I have always talked about how I try to keep an open mind when it comes to my world of music, both on my blog and on social media. Something that has helped me with this goal is talking to musicians about their music as it helps me to appreciate genres that I may not have previously considered. One of these musicians who has helped me with this goal is Shawn Nelson. The way he has talked about his music has made me open my music collection to a sound with a rootsy country feel. It has that honest, and at times heartfelt sound, that I look for in my music. more
Apr 20, 2015
|Shawn Nelson - The Devils River
“I’ve written about Nelson before and noted his wide ranging Texas musical roots. On The Devil’s River, he’s really honed that sound. The disc starts off with the title track, a Willie-and-Waylon sort of tune featuring “chile verde tacos and drunken desperadoes.” Tighten Up goes even more old school country “with a little whisky in my coffee cup.” From there, Nelson adds a polka beat with the Doug Sahm-inspired Medina, and then a sadder waltz with Diamonds Don’t Shine In the Dark."
There are a lot of groups exploring new sounds and pushing the edge of the envelope in country, bluegrass and folk in the Austin area. The Devil’s River is not one of those projects. But like a big old plate of comfort food, it’s what you really need when you need it." more
Mar 31, 2015
Got some great news! I'm heading up to South Colorado with a little band in early August to play Rhythms On The Rio. We are opening the festival on Friday August 7th and there are some other killer bands playing like Hot Buttered Rum, The Travelin' McCourys with Bill Nershi and New Orleans Suspects. Check it out, tickets here.
Mar 20, 2015
Thanks to Botticelli's South Congress for incredible musical moments yesterday....and to old friends Graham Wilkinson Music and La Tampiquena for backing me. Oh and to Bushwick Bill for jammin' with us...An epic, unforgettable experience for this Houston kid...one for the books - SXSW 2015 Delivered!
Mar 13, 2015
I have few shows around town this year for SXSW, hope to see ya out and about!
SAT MAR 14 @ BLUEBONNET FLEA | 5pm | S Lamar | Support Austin Music Launch | 2Fer1
SAT MAR 14 @ BOTTICELLI'S | 8pm | S Congress | Duo Show with Matt Slusher
WED MAR 18 @ BUNGALOW | 12-5pm | Rainey St | 2Fer1 Songwriter Showcase Day 1
THU MAR 19 @ BUNGALOW | 12-5pm | Rainey St | 2Fer1 Songwriter Showcase Day 2
THU MAR 19 @ BOTTICELLI'S | 8pm | S Congress | SXSW @ Botticelli's
Mar 2, 2015
Feb 24, 2015
STREAM: The Devils River
After the release of five independent albums with various band mates - two under Shawn Nelson, one with Shawn Nelson & The Good Buds and two with Shawn Nelson & The Ramblers, Shawn marks his 6th release with THE DEVILS RIVER - a throw-back country album dipped in some americana sauce.
All of the songs are written by Shawn, except for “Diamonds Don’t Shine In The Dark” and the title track, “The Devils River”. “Diamonds” was written with Shawn’s long time mandolin player and Good Bud, Fletcher Murchinson. “The Devils River” was written with Will Dupuy (South Austin Jug Band) on the way back to Austin from Bandera, Fletcher was asleep in the back seat of the van. Will recorded and released “The Devil’s River” on his band latest release, La Tampiquena.
Some of the finest musicians in Austin helped Shawn breathe life into these songs. Fellow Good Bud drummer and producer, Patrick Herzfeld, engineered and mixed the record at his new studio outside of Austin, Signal Hill, and also played drums and piano on the record. Long-time Austin guitar hero, Wayne Sutton of Sister 7 added his licks and riffs and Will Dupuy of The South Austin Jug Band popped in to add vocal harmonies and upright bass on a few numbers. The bluesy-two-stepper “Tighten Up” and the bluegrass fueled “My Old Time Gal” features fiddler Noah Jeffries of Milkdrive.
STREAM: The Devils River
Nov 20, 2014
Help Fund The Release and Receive Rewards For Your Support
I am so happy to announce that I am releasing another album and this one could use your support in a 21st Century kind of way. I am sure y'all have seen these fund raising campaigns around the web over the past few years, so I thought I would give it a shot to see if it could help me in releasing this record right.
Please check out the campaign on IndieGogo. There is a video discussing the making of the record and what the funds will be used for, along with the rewards you receive when you support the funding. Some of the rewards are pretty unique, like a limited edition signed poster and a songwriting session.
Check it out: Funding New Album | The Devils River
By the way, IndieGoGo is a legit outfit so there are no worries around security and privacy.
Thanks for your support!
Nov 10, 2014
Oct 30, 2014
Sep 16, 2014
It's been many moons since I have been back to Nashville and I am finally making my way back, but this time I am not heading down the road alone in my '87 Honda Civic. Graham Wilkinson will be with me and I could not be more thrilled to roll around with that rascal. We plan on playing Little Rock and seeing Billy Joe Shaver along the way and we (2Fer1) are playing a showcase show at The Building on Saturday, Sept 20. Pretty pumped to head back to Nashville, it's been too long. Peace.
Sep 3, 2014
It's record time again. Y'all be on the look-out for a KickStarter campaign to help fund the completion of my sixth release - "The Devil's River".
I am excited for y'all to hear the record. The tracking is done, but not paid for and we are in the mixing/mastering phase. I think it is the most country album I have ever made, but I could not have made it alone.
Patrick Herzfeld at Signal Hill Recording helped me with the production, engineering, mixing and drumming; Wayne Sutton took on the electric guitar parts; Morgan Patrick Thompson laid down the foundation on the bass;Noah Jeffries amazed us with his fiddle parts; Matt B. Lara tickled and squeezed the accordion on a track; Fletcher Murchison came in to lay down some acoustic mandolin and the Oak-Hill-Billy, Will Dupuy played that dog house bass and sang some sweet harmonies. My friends are so talented, I'm lucky.
Hope to have the KickStarter going within the next couple of weeks! Be cool!
Jun 17, 2013
Austin Music City
Shawn Nelson And The Good Buds - Enough
"The first thing to get my attention on this album was the same thing that got my attention on the last album from Shawn Nelson, the writing. The guy can very subtly take a verse, make you listen and before you know it, you have been poked in the eye by remarkable words that make you remember what they were intended to say. "
May 28, 2013
Music Reviews of ENOUGH from Twangville and My Random Jukebox
3 EP Gems: Wicked Saints, Western Youth, Shawn Nelson
"The music itself is well crafted and along with a particular style of laid back delivery I found this to be a really compelling listen..."
MY RANDOM JUKEBOX
Shawn Nelson & The Good Buds - Enough Review
"This EP ticks all the right boxes with great sounding music, amazing vocals but it’s the lyrics that steal the show..."
Mar 8, 2013
Music Reviews of ENOUGH from Raw Roots Rock and Jolene: The Country Music Blog.
Raw Roots Rock
EP Review: Shawn Nelson & The Good Buds - "Enough"
"They are a swaggering, highly rhythmic band with a loose, relaxed feel that is extremely engaging, and immediately captivates...."
Jolene: The Country Music Blog
EP Review - Enough by Shawn Nelson & The Good Buds
"Consequently we can listen to the songs over and over again...."