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Drew Nelson - Tilt-a-Whirl (Red House)

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3

Following on from the success of Drew Nelson's 2009 album DUSTY ROAD TO BULAH LAND, the Michigan-born singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist returns with TILT-A-WHIRL, which once again blends rootsy American rock with older traditional folk music styles. Dusty Road impressed Red House Records so much that they signed him up immediately and the resulting album showcases eleven new self-penned songs, each treated to fine arrangements augmented by a well selected cast of musicians. With the title paying homage to the popular fairground ride, known in the UK as the Waltzer, the songs reflect the constantly spinning dizziness as well as drawing on the rich variety of characters from everyday life.

From storm clouds, dusty highways and black flies to the gospel-tinged St Jude and the lessons we learn in life, Nelson takes us on a road trip, in much the same we feel after hearing Springsteen, Earle and Mellencamp. Produced by Michael Crittenden, TILT-A-WHIRL has several stories to tell, told by a storyteller who's been on both sides of the track.  
 
Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky