Drew Nelson

Drew Nelson

 Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
BandAmericanaFolk

"Drew Nelson is one of my favorite new artists. He is an excellent guitarist as well as an accomplished songwriter. His songs sound like the rest of us feel. Drew's characters are anything but defeated. They are dazed,angry, amazed and climbing." -John Gorka

Biography

Michigan-born Navy veteran Drew Nelson is a storytelling
songwriter and multiinstrumentalist. A fly fisherman
and world traveler, he writes as a witness to the lives and journeys of those he has met along the way,mixing Americana and roots-rock with traditional folk styles.

Drew has toured across North America and Europe, performing solo and opening for popular rock
artists like Melissa Etheridge and Edwin McCain as well as
esteemed folk singers like Josh White Jr. and John Gorka.

He first met John Gorka in 2006, when Drew performed as part of Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s prestigious songwriting contest. John found him backstage after his performance and told him how much his songs moved him. Since then, Drew has shared the stage with John several times, including at such big events as the Kerrville Folk Festival. “Drew Nelson is one of my favorite new artists,” John Gorka says. “His songs soundlike the rest of us feel....dazed, angry, amazed and climbing.”

Drew garnered further attention in 2009, when he released Dusty Road to Beulah Land (Waterbug Records), and it topped the folk radio charts. It also caught the attention of the Grammy-winning indie label Red House Records, which just signed him.

“I love that Drew can rock out as well as write sensitive ballads,” Red House president Eric Peltoniemi says. “I admire his down-to-earth songwriting which portrays our world and ordinary people with such deep feeling and unflinching clarity. He has worked hard in life and hasn’t been afraid to get his hands dirty. He has 100% credibility in the subject matter he writes about, and I’m excited to get the chance to work with him.”

Drew's Red House debut Tilt-A-Whirl comes out in early 2012. He can also be heard on the new album Dark River: Songs of the Civil War Era, along with Jon Dee Graham, Slaid Cleaves, James McMurtry and new label-mate Eliza Gilkyson.

In support of his new album, Drew Nelson will be showcasing at the 2012 International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis and will be touring across North America and Europe. For his full schedule, please visit
www.drewnelson.net or www.redhouserecords.com.

When Drew is not on the road, he enjoys reading, rooting for the Detroit Tigers, doing hot yoga and working as
an amateur luthier, building guitars and octave mandolins. He is also working on putting together a photography
show.

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*Kerrville Folk Festival performer Thredgill Stage 2003

*Finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Contest for Emerging Songwriters, 2004

*Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, 2006

*Telluride Troubador Contest - Honorable Mention,
2006

*Kerrville Folk Festival 2007 in the round with Susan Warner and John Gorka.
*Has performed with the likes of Peter Mulvey, Edwin McCain, Alice Peacock, Jeffrey Gaines, Angie Aparo,
Melissa Etheridge, Dana Cooper, Caroline Aiken Tom Prasada-Rao, Claudia Schmidt, Kitty Donahue, Josh White Jr.David Mead, Mustards Retreat, Darden Smith, John McVey and The Kennedys.

*Venues and Festivals 2006: The Ark, Wheatland Music Festival, Bliss Fest Concert Series, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Connections Festival, Trinity House Theatre, Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, TriCentric Showcase Artist NERFA. (North East Folk Alliance)

for Booking Contact Jared Ingersol 314-266-1870 jared@jaredingersol.com

Lyrics

Dust

Written By: Andrew Nelson

I built this house with m own two hands
on a Northwest corner of some family land
I know every brick and every nail
worked them all till I hurt like hell

The man from the bank came by today
said we got a week from Saturday
twenty four years don't count for much
just blows around like all this dust

We had a little boy and a baby girl
then Mindy when to Cali with the guy who ran the Tilt-a-whirl
Still I worked my land till my fingers bleed
no time for cryin' when there's mouths to feed

The man from the bank came by today
said we got a week from Saturday
twenty four years don't count for much
just blows around like all this dust

It's a hard way to go prayin for rain
cursing the wind
how everything can change
with the blink of an eye
with the stroke of a pen

so I got me some matches and a can of gas
lit up a smoke and took one good drag
forgive me father I know just what to do
just let go and leave the rest to you

St. Jude

Written By: Andrew Nelson / Janni Littlepage

I left my country in 1863
not for gold or a greener shore
but for my love who's gone before me
there's been no letter these seven years

I have no kindred. I have no dowery
just a maid in a landlords home
all my wages have gone for passage
then set to sail on the Eleanor

in the moonlight, I am praying
to the patron saint of fools
in the darkness my supplication
would you light my way St. Jude
St. Jude

There are rumors in the galley
there is trouble in a troubled land
there in Charleston where I may find him
they will be marching under Lee's command

I left my country in 1863
not for gold or a greener shore
but for my love who's gone before me
there's been no letter these seven years

I have no kindred. I have no dowery
just a maid in a landlords home
all my wages have gone for passage
then set to sail on the Eleanor

in the moonlight, I am praying
to the patron saint of fools
in the darkness my supplication
would you light my way St. Jude
St. Jude

I left my county in 1863
not for gold or a greener shore

5th of September

Written By: Andrew Nelson

down by the water
the old muddy trail
under the cedars
would you wait for me there?
would you wait for me there?

on the 5th of september
that's where i'll be
hoping to find you
waiting for me
waiting for me

there are some things that i'd like you to know
but this letters not place for those seeds to grow
there are some things that i keep close to me
used the cloth that you gave me to tie prayers in the trees

north carolina
left my heart on ground
i'm up and i'm down
like that sparrow we found
the sparrow we found

you know there just boys
who fight in these things
you should hear them at night
the songs that they sing
oh the songs that they sing

there are some things that i'd like you to know
but this letters not place for those seeds to grow
there are some things that i keep close to me
used the cloth that you gave me to tie prayers in the trees

sometimes at night
i dream a great dream
i'm dancing' with you
with our feet in the stream
our feet in the stream

the music stops playing
you say 'one more'
then i wake up shaking
to the cannons great roar
oh the guns bloody roar

there are some things that i keep close to me
used the cloth that you gave me to tie prayers in the trees
and the thought of you there just waiting for me

Discography

2000 - WGRD's RadioActiveV Compilation
2001 - Recovering Angels Ep
2002- Winter in West Michigan Compilation
2003 - Standing Together Compilation
2005 - Immigrant Son
2008- Rock out Cystinosis Compilation
2009- Standing Together Compilation
2009- Dusty Road to Beulah Land
2010 - Live in the Highlands
2011- Dark River (Songs of the Civil War) Compilation
2012 - Tilt-A-Whirl CD (Drew's upcoming Red House Records Debut)

Set List

All original music with one or two covers.