Raelyn Nelson Band

Raelyn Nelson Band

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | INDIE

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Rock Country




"Raelyn Nelson Band's Country Punk Brother Video"

“I can’t breathe but I’m still smoking, I’m so high but I keep toking” is a hell of a way to start a song, but would you expect anything less from the cow punk revivalist granddaughter of Willie Nelson, Raelyn Nelson and her Sonic Youth-loving, flannel-shirt-sporting band? Their new single, “Brother,” is a high-energy threat to a philandering lover, that combines a quick-stepping country boogie with a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am punk shred — all with Nelson in the center, strumming mischievously away on her ukulele.

“The song came about when I was watching a TV show and got inspired by the storyline of a girl getting her three older brothers to track down her unfaithful boyfriend,” Nelson tells Rolling Stone Country. And for the video, she and her band went super DIY, shooting it all with one GoPro camera. “[Guitarist Jonathan Bright] and I got together and wrote it, and we were trying to come up with a video concept that we could do on our own. The ‘band side’ was done with a tripod, some cheap workshop lights and a clear shower curtain as a light diffuser. The other side was just Jonathan running around with the GoPro strapped to his head. Then with some tips from friends, YouTube tutorials, and editing software we managed to pull it off. And we came in right on budget — which was zero!”

Willie Nelson and Jimmy Kimmel
Watch Willie Nelson Score 'High' Grade on Jimmy Kimmel's 'Pot Quiz'
That scrappy nature is nicely reflective of Raelyn Nelson Band’s overall mantra – which is to not really care if things look perfect or fit into current country convention. “It’s not that we’re against the Nashville music scene, it just seems like there is no place for us right now,” says Nelson, who spends more time playing local rock clubs than honky-tonks — probably because their sound has much more in common with Social Distortion or LA punk outfit OFF! than, say, current chart-toppers Zac Brown Band or Darius Rucker. “Our music doesn’t fit into any playlist. The collaboration of old country and dirty garage rock is original in itself and kind of cool.” Indeed, feedback, head-banging and fiery shouts of “one, two, three” aren’t the most familiar sounds in the new incarnation of “Papa Willie’s” genre, but they sure are welcome.

When it comes to releasing new music, Raelyn Nelson Band don’t plan on doing that conventionally, either. “I think we’ve decided this year to skip the traditional ‘CD release’ and just release a single every month or so, with a video and new T-shirt to go along with it,” Nelson says. “We have the songs, but it makes more sense to us to release them as singles and have something new to offer each month, instead of beating a record to death for a year.”

And the Red Headed Stranger approves. “Before I do anything I text him,” she says of her famous grandfather, whose famous Fourth of July Picnic she’ll be playing this summer. “And he’ll send me a big smiley face.”

“I think there are plenty of guys in today’s country music that are creating the same sound, and I’m a country girl with an actual rock band so I don’t see how the sound doesn’t fit in,” she adds. “And I’m having a blast rocking out with those guys. I get to sing my country tunes louder.” - Rolling Stone

"New Country Artists"

Sounds Like: A country Runaways; Cheap Trick fronted by Loretta Lynn

For Fans Of: Nikki Lane, Lydia Loveless, Eighties punk-rockabilly like Social Distortion

Why You Should Pay Attention: Willie Nelson's granddaughter isn't afraid to make her family blush. With lyrics like "we should getta room/before we get arrested," she and her band of garage-rock converts push out tracks that are a country-rock clash of three power chords and the truth. Raised on devotionals and "Papa's" classics, Nelson changed her tune when she met Jonathan Bright, a veteran of the underground scene. Paired with Nelson's cheeky twang that can hit on both Loretta and Liz Phair, the result is a quirky continuation of the California cowpunk tradition.

She Says: "At first, I was nervous to say I was Willie's granddaughter," admits Nelson. "I'm very proud of him, but I didn't want to be compared to him because I'm not a great player. But when I sent him our music he was ecstatic, saying, 'Let's get it out there!' Before I do anything, I text him — and he'll send me a big smiley face. He's so supportive."

Hear for Yourself: The Ramones-esque vamp of "Getta Room" —Marissa R. Moss - Rolling Stone

"Farm Aid Moments"

Farm Aid's Best Musical Moments - Rolling Stone

"Her own woman: Daily Times "

Raelyn Nelson combines famous grandfather's country with rock 'n' roll - Daily Times

"Raelyn, Willie, and the Boys"

Raelyn and Willie and the Boys
Willie Nelson’s granddaughter comes to Memphis with a pocketful of surprising influences. - Memphis Flyer


Don't-Album 2019
About That
Everything Falls
Good Time
Weed & Whiskey
Hating You
Nothin On
Mama Cry
Rebel Girl (cover)

Singles Volume 1-EP 2016
Daddy's Grave
Mason Jar
Sold! (cover)

Raelyn Nelson Band EP-2013
Do You
Getta Room
The Moon Song
He's All Mine



As an emerging female country artist in Nashville, history suggests that the quickest path to success is somehow aligning oneself with one of the major publishers, producers, songwriters, labels, or managers that are the heart of Music Row. So what do you do if you are an emerging female country artist in Nashville, and also happen to be the granddaughter of musical icon, Willie Nelson?

 You hook up with an independent producer and veteran of the rock/punk scene, write some songs that are part Loretta Lynn, part Cheap Trick, and form the Raelyn Nelson Band. 

Raelyn Nelson has been singing since she can remember. Having been raised on a steady diet of traditional country and gospel music, a gift from her grandpa in the form of a guitar during her teenage years was the inspiration she needed to begin writing her own country and folk songs. 

Looking for a place to record these songs, a mutual friend suggested 

JB (Jonathan Bright), a veteran of the underground rock scene and independent producer. After recording some of these early songs, they decided to try to write some things together and see what happened. 

The result? A completely fresh and original sound, a true hybrid referred to by some critics as "Country/Garage Rock."

When they aren't recording their songs or making music videos, they are on the road taking their high energy live show to the people. Having shared the stage with such diverse musical acts as country superstar Tim McGraw, indie rock icons Drivin' n Cryin', jam band supergroup Hard Working Americans, and legendary punk band Decendents, the RNB is proving that you don't have to fit neatly into any particular "genre" to find success. 

"I don't really have any desire to be a  'solo-artist'. Everyone in my family who plays music has always placed a lot of importance on band chemistry, on stage, off stage and in the studio. Our band can almost read each other's minds. Why would I mess with that? We try to keep it simple: Write songs we like, record them, make a video, then go out and play them for people."- Raelyn Nelson 

Band Members