Nelsen Adelard: Unplugged

With several familiar cover tunes and 5 fresh originals, Nelsen Adelard's new CD features his acoustic band in a country setting that centers on his comfortable vocals his refreshing guitar, and his soulful harmonica. 

His band, featuring John Duzik on Bass, Ben Beckley on drums, Mikey Mo on lead guitar and Mark Norris on tenor sax provides a swinging romp that just won't quit. 

Shake Rattle and Roll, Muddy's She Moves me, and Willie Dixon's Back Door Man provide the grist for Adelard's groove mill. What he comes up with is pure magic. 

Unplugged takes us back to the music that started us on the road to a full appreciation of the Blues. 

Adelard starts his session alone with acoustic guitar "4 Winds Blow" in a musical portrait of what we feel when missing someone special. His slide guitar adds a heap of authenticity to the setting, as we're treated to an original MS Delta adventure. 

Most of the session, however, runs with a different kind of roots ambience, as Adelard emphasizes the Blues spirit that predated R&R. 

Boogie Woogie, Bo Diddley, Louis Jordan and particulars from all over the country show up in his original songs. Adelard and his band swing comfortably with spirits riding high throughout this highly recommended performance. 

Jim Santella