WHAT YOU NEED Vol. 1
What You Need Vol. 1 is the 2009 release from Ross Neilsen, a bluesman emerging out of New Brunswick.
Neilsen is making some waves in the blues world in Canada with a nomination for Best New Artist at The Maple Blues Awards, two Rising Star nominations from CBC and back to back Blues Album of the Year nominations from the East Coast Music Association. That says his music is getting noticed, and with good reason.
Neilsen performs his blues with energy. There is a bit of a rocker hidden beneath the blues label, and that works to fire up the music a bit. You can feel it on a cut like Tea Blues.
Neilsen is also showing what the modern musician can do in regards to using tech to get disks out. In a span of two years he has pumped out four CDs. It is an ambitious schedule, one which certainly gets his sound out to the fans.
In the case of What You Need, that’s a good thing. This is a fine blues offering with solid cuts such as Mailman, Goin’ Down Slow and Thrill Is Gone among the cuts.
Neilsen is clearly trying to grow into a major blues voice, and this disk is a step in that development which is worth seeking out for a listen.
Check it out at www.rossneilsen.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper May 19, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada