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Drew Nelson


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1. Drew Nelson (Canada):
The leader of an award-winning Canadian blues band, the guitarist, singer/songwriter Drew Nelson has left his mark on the Canadian music scene. In his early teens he developed a passion for the country blues of the Mississippi Delta and the hard electric blues sounds from Chicago as played by the masters, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Little Walter, et al.

Beginning with initial inspiration in the 1960’s from the Beatles, Nelson joined the important list of instrumental talents who purchased their first guitar with the proceeds from a paper route. At 14 he was fortunate to have a guitar teacher who wrapped his hands around slide guitar as well as chord voicings from the jazz crusade rather than the British Invasion. Not to neglect musical influences from the latter category however, it was Nelson’s fondness for the Rolling Stones that inevitably nurtured his devotion to the Chicago blues style.

By 16 he was performing professionally and in 1980 co-founded a group called the Back Alley John Revue in reference to a harmonica frontman who used the stage name Back Alley John. This outfit toured Canada extensively and at one point featured 16 year-old singer/guitarist, Sue Foley

The Drew Nelson Band was formed in 1989 and began touring throughout Canada, scoring a Juno Award (Canada’s Grammy) for the song “Nothin’ to Show” in 1991. Nelson’s band has also toured as an accompanying outfit for Canada’s iconic blues pioneer Dutch Mason.

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  • cruiseoveride

    not half bad for a canadian, but then again, he learned everything he knows from Chicago.

    1 Jun 2007 Reply

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