Nelsen Adelard – South By Southwest

Last year I cranked out a very positive review of Nelsen Adelard’s 2007 release, Blues Still Got A Hold On Me.  It was full of great tunes and nice mix of West Coast jump, and other interesting facets of the Blues.  At that time Nelsen had already moved to McComb, Mississippi, and the recording was actually a re-release of a cd he had done with his swingin’ Los Angeles band.  The first two tunes on this new cd are also recorded with the same band, but after that it is all Nelsen Adelard and a couple of French Quarter Bluesmen, James Slaughter on bass and Greg Worley on drums.  


This is a very smooth production, and Nelsen produced it.  He also plays all the guitar, harmonica, and piano, as well as presenting a very captivating vocal range.  After a fine opening with James Cotton’s One More Mile To Go, and everyone’s favorite Rocket 88, he brings us I Ain’t Gonna Miss LA. Nelsen wrote a number of songs on this cd that expresses his feelings about moving from LA to MS. For those of us that have made major life changes, it really hits home.  You miss your friends, and he says he misses his band the most, but you don’t miss the mess you were living in.  On the other hand, the Contractor Blues is all too familiar to anyone building a house and especially the many folks living in the Gulf region and suffered from the destruction of hurricanes.  His Rock It Right is pure jump and really highlights his piano and harp playing.  Then he slows it down and gets a smoky flavor in his vocals, and music, to Shake Off Some Of That Gloom.  Boogie On Down The Road is a raucous Blue-Rock tune that shows his guitar work can keep up with the upper echelon of guitar slingers.  Sweet Home in McComb resolves that he’s made the transition to life in the Delta.  The love of a good woman and the home of the Blues are pretty satisfying.


If you’d like to check it out, his website is  He has some sound clips linked up and I’m putting this one back in rotation in my car cd player.

Randy Hoffman
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