Thorny Bleeder Records
When you look up Ross Neilsen on Myspace.com he categorizes his sound simply as blues/blues/blues. When the opening song, the title cut on this disk, starts coming out of the speakers, you see why he says the blues.
However, Neilsen has recognized there is a pretty broad range of music which can be labeled the blues. Early Grave for example is a near gospel blues piece.
Then Neilsen hits you with Walk In The Sun, a cut that skates the edge of hard guitar rock.
Don’t Need Love is more of a Blues Brother effort, with some killer sax by Chris Mitchell setting the upbeat mood of the piece.
Keith Hallett is featured guitarist on Texas, a song Neilsen has said he wrote specifically for Hallett’s guitar. It does cook folks.
This is Neilsen’s sophomore recording effort, and there’s no slump here. His debut album, Where I’m From, received many accolades. Among them, an East Coast Music Award Nomination for Best Blues Recording.
Neilsen is actually a two-time ECMA nominee and two time CBC Rising Star Award winner, so he’s building musical pedigree early in his career.
What truly impresses me is that Neilsen has such a solid handle on a number of blues styles, and can write and perform them all so well. I also appreciate the songs here. He knows what blues lyrics are supposed to be.
If you like the blues, remember the name Neilsen, this guy is a break-out star. One of the best young bluesmen in the country. A definite must have.
Look this one up at www.rossneilsen.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Jan 13, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada