• New Record | The Devil's River

    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!

  • Music Review: Austin Music City

    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. "

  • Music Reviews: Twangville & My Random Jukebox

    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..."

    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..."

  • Music Reviews: ENOUGH EP

    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...."

  • New Video From The Continental Club

    YEA YA RIGHT (w/ Graham Wilkinson) - Live at THE CONTINENTAL CLUB - Austin, TX (01.31.13)

    Live at The Continental Club in Austin, TX (01.31.13)
    Video: 2020Memory Production
    Written by: Shawn Nelson

    Shawn Nelson- vocals/acoustic guitar
    Will Webster - electric guitar
    Fletcher Murchison- electric mandolin
    Joe Beckham- bass
    Patrick Herzfeld - drums
    Graham Wilkinson - backing vocals 

  • New Music: ENOUGH EP

    Check out the new EP ENOUGH. You can stream the tracks and download them all for FOUR AMERICAN DOLLARS. Click on MUSIC STORE to download the high quality MP3s via Bandcamp.

    ENOUGH should be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and many other spots for music in the next few weeks. This is a digital release for now, we are not planning on making any CDs.

    Released December 11th, 2012
    Produced and Engineered by Patrick Herzfeld and Joe Beckham
    Recorded at Birdhouse Studios (Austin, TX)
    Mixed by Patrick Herzfeld
    Mastered by Jim Wilson
    All Songs Written By Shawn Nelson
    © 2012 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved

    Shawn Nelson - Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
    Fletcher Murchison - Electric Mandolin
    Will Webster - Electric Guitar
    Joe Beckham - Bass
    Patrick Herzfeld - Drums and Harmony Vocals on "Come What May"
    Graham Wilkinson - Harmony Vocals on "Yea Ya Right"

  • Introducing THE GOOD BUDS!

    It's a new beginning. After playing many shows with the same guys for over a year and recording an EP together, we decided to change the name of the band to SHAWN NELSON and THE GOOD BUDS.

    The Good Buds from left to right are Will Webster on electric guitar and vocals, Joe Beckham on city bass, Patrick Herzfeld on drums, Fletcher Murchison on electric mandolin and vocals, and me.

    Sign up on the EMAIL LIST and become of a fan New Facebook Page for updates on the ENOUGH EP release, new merchandise and upcoming shows.

  • The Alternate Root: Featured Artist of the Week 05.15.12

    The Alternate Root
    Featured Artist of the Week 05.15.12 

    Shawn Nelson spins around the cosmos in “Hollow Moon” and takes to some earthly traveling(“More Than California”, “Dreams in the Desert”, “San Juan Street”). Living the life of a singer/songwriter has a troubadour default setting, giving Shawn Nelson fodder and rhymes in ‘San Juan Street’, his recent album release. Following the narrator of “Hit the Road”, singer/songwriters hear the call early and most have the same opening line as the song, “I left home when I was grown, when I could cross the bayous on my own”.  Shawn Nelson calls Austin home when he is not traveling and the style and tones of the Texas songwriters is stamped on his music, taking his tunes from the honky tonk base with rock and jam band riffs that twinkle like starlight in his music. Shawn Nelson Tex-Mex roots spread out to drink from jazz, reggae and bluegrass on ‘San Juan Street’, his fourth album release.

  • RootsHighway Review of San Juan Street

    Music Review - Shawn Nelson - San Juan Street
    by Davide Albini

    Another young songwriter from Austin? Calm down, sit back and let's reasoning: indeed, how could it break the endless chain that feeds the roots scene for years the town, as it has never failed that particular relationship between teachers and students. In the case of Shawn Nelson must now mention the name of Robert Earl Keen: stylistically this San Juan Street is crossed several times by precise references to the work of that, that characteristic blend of country rock auteur, fragrances of the Mexican border ballads and folk . Moreover, the two were actually known in studies of Arista few years ago when he packed for Nashville Nelson trying his luck with an exclusive contract by the author. In the bars of the capital of the country also made ​​the acquaintance of Guy Clark (a good luck, dear Shawn!), That in a very special evening (had just died, his friend Townes Van Zandt) taught songwriting on a few secrets to our boy. 

    It seems almost like a screenplay: I do not know how far we have ricamanto over Shawn Nelson and it matters little, in fact, however, after a trip to Austin, a couple of bands made ​​and unmade (Frontage Road and Crazy Chester) and three disks in a Live at Antone's famous club cittaino, arrived today on time to collect all the ideas. San Juan Street in effect puts a lot of irons in the fire, starting with the production of Joel Guzman (Joe Ely band) and holdings of Matt Slusher and Will Dupuy (South Austin Jug Band) and Trisha Keefer (The Trishas), the latter often a key to the fiddle. More than an hour and fourteen songs in the setlist inevitabilmete end to be very generous and bulky for an error, perhaps dictated by the desire to show off, forgivable because in the end Shawn Nelson has what it takes to emerge in cities throughout Texas and probably, with that free-range step in honky tonk Nobody Got a Hold on Me and Anna Lee and some apt melody (More than California, sweet country ballad). 

    We therefore positioned in the groove of the most classic troubadour Texans, perhaps without the peaks of writing the aforementioned Clark, but this honest group of followers that bring water and do the work of the soldiers: Dreams in the Desert with mandolin and accordion evokes the stories of the border, Down There would reintroduce the country and rural electric scopiettante more, I Can not Hide is generally more rock, while Mercy confirms the easy willingness of Nelson for excellent traditional melodies. In the end there is also room for a few episodes a bit 'more' experimental 'and roots out of the norm: Hollow Moon for example, dall'ambientazione vaguely late seventies soft rock, or Daydreamers, rhythmic reggae imprint. Part, as anticipated, that urge to throw in many, too many stimuli. Okay so Shawn, the road is the right one.

  • Rootstime: Music Review (Belgium)

    Music Review - Shawn Nelson - San Juan Street
    by Valère Sampermans

    On his fourth album "San Juan Street" brings the Texas singer-songwriter Shawn Nelson a delicious mix of traditional country music in Austin overwhelming with various elements and influences from other music styles such as bluegrass, reggae, jazz and Tex-Mex.

    For the production of this record, he called on Joel Guzman, the sympathetic accordionist and multi-instrumentalist best known for his brilliant work at country and Tex-Mex legend Joe Ely. The CD was recorded in Guzman's' Fox Studios in Austin, Texas and consists of 14 songs all by himself Shawn Nelson were composed.

    For the instrumentation of these songs made his regular backing group 'The Ramblers' and a number of local musicians including violinist Trisha Keefer of The Trishas' and jazz trumpeter Ephraim Owens. Joel Guzman plays itself for a number of tracks along the organ and happy but once his famous accordion in the song "Dreams In The Desert".

    "San Juan Street" boasts some smooth country rock songs like opener "Nobody Got A Hold On Me" and the swinging "Anna Lee" alongside reggae tune "Daydreamers". In addition brings Shawn Nelson also more romantic songs in ballad form as "More Than California", on his knees for mercy, pleading "Mercy", on some of Joe Ely like "There's Time" and the magnificent Tex-Mex tearjerker "Dreams In The Desert ".

    The outsider on this CD is in our opinion the title track "San Juan Street" with a starring role in Ephraim Owens on trumpet. It is a song where we would like to draw comparisons to the music of 'Calexico', both in terms of narrative style in the vocals as well as because of the Tex-Mex sounds which brought this beautiful song.

    Shawn Nelson in his musical past while hanging around near Robert Earl Keen and Guy Clark, two big names in the Americana and country music. That he thereby mostly good experiences gained and learned a lot we can hear on his latest album "San Juan Street." The quality of the songs on this CD makes us very curious about a successor, but we will speak with probability bordering on certainty still have to wait a while.

  • Lonestar Time: Music Review (Italy)

    Music Review: Shawn Nelson – San Juan Street
    by Remo Ricaldone

    A new name faces the panorama of Texas, to Shawn Nelson, musician grew up in Houston but now lives in Austin where she performs regularly and where he established a reputation locally. Actually this "San Juan Street" is his fourth album since the 2004 self-titled debut, a live at the legendary Antone's a year later and "Is not No Easy Way" published in 2009 but certainly the record in question is the the height of the construction of a sound made in terms of composing and maturation.The production of Joel Guzman and recording in his studies of Austin is valuable and the presence of two members of the South Austin Jug Band, guitarist Matt Slusher and bassist Will Dupuy, the excellent fiddler Trisha Keefer, trumpeter Ephraim Owens noted exponent of jazz capital of Texas and the same Guzman, great accordion player, has a great weight in the final result. Shawn Nelson is here more than adept at packing songs that capture the hearts of those who love country music made in Texas and American sounds, from "Nobody Got A Hold On Me", the perfect start to a long journey (more than sixty-three minutes ) .... "... in the land of plenty for the Few ... we got guns and rock n roll .... honky tonks and Muscle Shoals," "More Than California" and "Down In The Desert" are two wonderful songs that set the stage one of the highlights of the disc, the extraordinary "Hit The Road," one of my favorites of recent times. The crisp and fresh, "Anna Lee" next to the remarkable "In The Afternoon," "I Can not Hide" and the remarkable "Down Here" and the title track "San Juan Street," are undoubtedly confirms the talents of Shawn Nelson, forged through a passion for the honky tonks (one of his myths is Redd Volkaert) but also for the sounds of New Orleans from whom he received great Remo Ricaldone 

  • Austin Chronicle - Back When: 2011


    Back When: 2011

    By Jim Caligiuri, 12:38PM, Wed. Jan. 4

    One last shot of 2011, I promise. Here’s my semi-annual mix of songs I liked from albums released in the past 12 months. As always, it’s a combination both local and national of longtime favorites like the Old 97’s, Richard Buckner, and the Jayhawks, and new discoveries of Austinites like the Carper Family and Sons of Fathers.

    These projects always surprise me when I finish them. They reflect the new music I’ve listened to and written about for the Chronicle, but only when it’s all in one place does it reveal what kind of year it’s really been.

    This year's mix seems particularly root-rock heavy, although T Bird & the Breaks and Trombone Shorty bring a taste of something different. As much as 2011 was unexpectedly good musically, I’m sure we’re all ready put it to bed and see what’s next.

    Here’s the track list. It will fit on an 80-minute CD, and yes it’s an analog mix done the old fashioned way – by hand.

    1) Richard Buckner, “Traitor,” Our Blood (Merge)
    2) Ry Cooder, “No Banker Left Behind,” Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down (Nonesuch)
    3) Carper Family, “Back When,” Back When
    4) Nick Lowe, “You Don’t Know Me At All,” The Old Magic (Yep Roc)
    5) Sarah Jarosz, “My Muse,” Follow Me Down (Sugar Hill)
    6) Sons of Fathers, “Sons of Fathers,” Sons of Fathers
    7) Shawn Nelson, “Anna Lee,” San Juan Street (Fonky Tonk)
    8) Old 97’s, “I’m A Trainwreck,” The Grand Theatre Volume Two (New West)
    9) Jayhawks, “She Walks in So Many Ways,” Mockingbird Time (Rounder)
    10) Vince Gill, “Guitar Slinger,” Guitar Slinger (MCA Nashville)
    11) Dale Watson, “Down Down Down Down Down,” The Sun Sessions (Red House)
    12) Amanda Shires, “When You Need A Train It Never Comes,” Carrying Lightning
    13) Matraca Berg, “You and Tequila,” The Dreaming Fields (Dualtone)
    14) Robert Earl Keen, “I Gotta Go,” Ready For Confetti (Lost Highway)
    15) Graham Weber, “Sweet Virginia Brown,” Women
    16) Slaid Cleaves, “One Good Year,” Sorrow & Smoke (Music Road)
    17) Will Sexton, “Sunday Driver,” Move the Balance
    18) Kasey Chambers, “Down Here on Earth,” Little Bird (Sugar Hill)
    19) T Bird and the Breaks, “The Clap Hands Songs,” Never Get Out of This Funk Alive
    20) Trombone Shorty, “UNC,” For True (Verve Forecast)
    21) Ben Sollee, “Close To You,” Inclusions (Tin Ear)
    22) Todd Snider, “Is This Thing Working?,” Live the Storyteller (Aimless)

    You can download the whole thing here.

  • Cheapo: Music Review (Italy)

    Recensione del - 30/12/2011 - San Juan Street

    The turning point for San Juan Street turns into revelation for the guitarist and songwriter from Austin, opening eyes and ears-for-Shawn Nelson in the time taken to pass the tex-mex and rock. Break into the quarter-disk-produced by Joel Guzman in the same manner as the strength of the landscapes that dominate large rolling hills, clouds that moved by the warm wind, the sun and turn on and off the streets like San Juan Street. All food for friends of those who know how to get to their destination through a minimum of sacrifice, and the ranks of Shawn Nelson has been a long, divided precious time with songwriters Guy Clark ("Guy said Townes That was the best songwriter ever lived, and if I wanted to write songs I Should Study HIM, and I'd be just fine. I'm not sure I've even scratched the surface Of That study ") and Robert Earl Keen (" I was inspired by Robert Earl Because he Seemed like a normal guy, "says Nelson." He Grew up in Houston as I did, and then went to Texas A & M and started playing in college. It kind of opened my eyes and I thought, wow, maybe I can do that "), from college he moved to Nashville for a short period working for the songwriterLiz Rose of Texas but the call has always been strong, in Austin began playing with the Frontage Road, a few other bands like Crazy Chester and experiences between Dallas and Houston before the 3 discs along withThe Ramblers honest - Shawn Nelson & The Ramblers in 2004, Live From Antone's in 2005 and attractive not No Easy Way in 2009, where country, rock and American aggregate in a prospective manner without losing a clear identity to the Texas-breaking collaborations with Joel Guzman (the new album he also produced), expanding the horizon of melodic / instrumental Ramblers with The South Austin Jug Band musicians, violinist Trisha Keefer and some jazz musicians of the Austin music scene as a trumpeter Ephraim Owens. The stunning Nobody Got A Hold On Me carries motes rock and country alike, crowded and taken away by the wind of the desert on the way to Mexico at the accordion, mandolin and trumpet more interesting places like Dreams in the Desert and the final San Juan Street, and there the creative side of Nelson blazes ("I try to write songs That tell the human story, Whether it's war, economics, social struggles, bad weather, ancient mysteries or love. And I try to stick with characters That have a choice to make, or a hill to climb to obstacle to overcome. I feel like I'm a human character in this story as well "). The romantic beauty of More Than California and Mercy does not belong to this but does not regret a past that often puts the distorting lenses Shawn Nelson, country music and violin in Hit the Road and Anna Lee to return to New Orleans experiences as a boy until 'urugano Katrina and snapshots, passions lived' on the road 'in the second part of the electric cut (I Can not Hide, Down Here, the brilliant and Babylon Hollow Moon, including the ballad There's Time), with a surprise in the final with time reggae Daydreamers. Too much head stuns the heart, Shawn Nelson let the flavor flow between Texas and Mexico, and sends us a postcard from San Juan Street, which needs no stamp. Why Fly. 

  • Austin Chronicle: Music Review

    Music Review: Shawn Nelson – San Juan Street
    by Jim Caligiuri

    He's been bouncing around Austin since at least 2003. Still, no one would have picked Shawn Nelson to make one of this year's best country albums. San Juan Street finds the local working with some of the most sympathetic players he's ever had the pleasure of collaborating with while also demonstrating above-average writing skills. more