Nov 24, 2015
Austin residents may want to stay in town for New Year’s Eve this year. The Austin’s New Year line-up includes Grupo Fantasma, Golden Dawn Arkestra, and Carolyn Wonderland. Austin’s New Year (ANY) is an annual alcohol-free celebration that showcases a variety of art, food trucks, and live music on three stages.Other confirmed performers include The Statesboro Revue, Big Cat, Vallejo, KP and the Boom Boom, Shawn Nelson, and Kalu James.
The free event begins at 4 p.m. at Auditorium Shores, South 1st Street and Riverside Drive, with a fireworks finale at 10 p.m. Shawn Nelson Band plays at 4pm.
Sep 21, 2015
On the road home from the Colorado tour this past August, Fletcher, Morgan and I started talking about doing a resicency somewhere in Austin to keep this little engine of acoustic americana country bluegrass running. We had such a blast playing together and the folks in Colorado really dug our sound, so we want to try it out in Austin.
We got lucky when the Hole In The Wall welcomed us home with an October residency!
We are going to record the shows and we'll have some special guests as well, but the trio is me on guitar, Flether Murchison on mandolin and Morgan Patrick Thompson on upright bass.
Aug 28, 2015
New Album Review - The Devils River
"The natural born storyteller weaves us through life’s ups, downs, and all things in-between, while perfectly utilizing the honesty of his vocals to hold us within the lyric from song to song as he gives us a snapshot into the past ideals and values of the country music genre. The Devil’s River is a refreshing reminder that if you know where to look for it, you will find that pure and true country music is still alive and it is doing quite well." more
Aug 22, 2015
Exciting news from 2fer1, the album Shawn and Graham Wilkinson recorded at SUN STUDIO in Memphis with Patrick Herzfeld and Morgan Patrick Thompson is available at our shows and will be available for downloads very soon. In the meantime, you can pick up a copy at our weekly show at BUNGALOW in Austin on Rainey Street.
Keep up with 2fer1 on Facebook.
Aug 11, 2015
Show Review | Rhythms on the Rio 2015 | Day One
"On the main festival stage beside the rushing Rio Grande River, Texas singer/songwriter Shawn Nelson eased into the weekend events with a traditional tune, “Wildwood Flower.” It allowed him to showcase his band: Fletcher Murchison on mandolin and backup vocals and Morgan Thompson. A tight trio, Nelson and his bandmates launched into some of his original tunes that were more reminiscent of red dirt bands than what you’d expect from a Houston native who’s been performing in Austin for a dozen years" - Janie Franz, Grateful Web
Aug 6, 2015
Graham Wilkinson and I have been playing together for what seems like forever and our little Wedensday night residency at Bungalow on Rainey Street in Austin evolved into recording a 8 track album at Sun Studio in Memphis. It was an unforgettable experience and we are both excited to release it on August 22 at Kebabalicious at our Album Release Party. Check out more of the 2fer1 Story about our music, record, shows, friendship, history and future:
White Light Exposure | 2fer1 | Graham Wilkinson & Shawn Nelson
Jul 28, 2015
Record Review: The Devils River
"The 11 songs on Nelson’s sixth album take listeners thoughtfully through love and lost love, honky-tonks and hard times, thoughts drunken desperados and chili and tacos, a little whiskey in the coffee cup, working life far from home, of mortality, and more." - Tom Geddie, Buddy Magazine
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
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