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