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Drew Nelson
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  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Drew Neslons' latest album, "Dusty Road to Beulah Land" (pronounced (be-u-la) marks a notable growth in his standing as a songwriter and musician. Each song brings another side of Drew to the forefront, expanding beyond his folk-singer roots to embrace wider genres.

In the follow up to Nelsons' acclaimed independent release "Immigrant Son" he proves he is not only a great songwriter but a great story teller. Legendary songwriter John Gorka said "Dew's songs sound like the rest of us feel. His characters are anything but defeated. They are dazed, angry, amazed and climbing". Singer/Songwriter Meg Hutchinson commented "It's not often that someone can so aptly give voice to other people's lives and make us believe every word". That is exactly what Drew Nelson has done. Within this collection of songs we find the displaced Detroit auto worker (Stranger), the love lost and wandering (Highway 2), The farmer watching his beloved landscape disappear before his eyes (Farmer's Lament), the dazed blue collar worker shaking his head at bailouts and greed, and the deep respect and insight of Native American life and culture (Grandmother Moon)(Raindance). Drew puts his feelings, and ours, into words that capture the spirit and soul of the world around us all with a common thread: Hope.

"Dusty Road to Beulah Land" was produced by longtime friend and producer Michael Crittenden in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Mastered by the Legendary Jerry Tubb at Terra Nova studios in Austin, Texas. Jerry received the tracks a few days before he and Drew got together, and decided to listen to them to see what he was getting into. When Drew arrived, Tubb told him "I've worked on a lot of music. Sometimes you get a salvage project but today we're making a record."

"Drew Nelson's songs move like the river under the ice. He writes like a man who has learned to make use f his setbacks, to become a voice of community and renewal," says Andrew Calhoun of Waterbug Records.

Drew grew up in Michigan, but escaped the narrow confines of his small-town, Midwestern upbringing by joining the Navy and traveling the world. The experience let him see first-hand what was really happening outside America, and gave him fresh eyes to appreciate what was happening at home. These experiences provided insight and understanding that needed to find an outlet, so Drew used his music to share his discoveries with others.


"Early on every writer has to decide whether to try to get at the truth or just blather. As you encounter the characters on this record, it becomes clear that Drew Nelson has dedicated and re-dedicated himself to getting at real human stories. Some of these characters are him, and some are people he knows, and all their stories let us know that Drew is standing in the Midwestern cold, seeing and telling as clearly as he can."

-Peter Mulvey
Signature Sounds Recording Artist

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Posted on October 29, 2009 at 17:17

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