Album Review of "Live From Antone's"

Life & Arts | 4/25/06 | Sound Bites

The temperature is rising, summer is on its way to Austin and Shawn Nelson and the Ramblers' latest album will be a perfect soundtrack for the fun of the season.

In Live at Antone's, Nelson sings renditions of his best songs recorded live on June 24, 2005, at Antone's, a classic Austin venue. Live keeps audiences entertained with the styles that the band incorporates into its sound - anything from the traditional gospel of "Down By the Riverside" to the down-home, bluesy feel of "Troubadour." The music exudes the optimistic, laid-back nature of Nelson. In "Walkin' Down the Line," a cover of Bob Dylan's original song, Nelson encourages audiences to forget their troubles as he croons, "Been walkin' down the line / feelin' just fine." In "The Junkies," Nelson makes a clever analogy, equating falling in love to being a junkie, singing, "She's got me running with the junkies / searching for something / too far gone to come back down." Even while talking about love, it seems Nelson waxes optimistic.

Lyrics such as these promise comfort and relaxation despite the dreaded summer heat. The music of Shawn Nelson and the Ramblers is sure to appear at backyard barbecues, beer joints and Barton Springs, as Austinites enjoy themselves touring the summer.

-Emily Watson