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An Open Door

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"An Open Door", recorded and released in 2021 during the pandemic, these gentle lullabies are inspired by weekly visits to Seattle Children's Hospital. The sequel to 2003's "Soliloquy", "An Open Door" expands the sonic textures beyond nylon string guitar to include Tamboura, Harmonium, piano, strings, Flugelhorn and percussions.
Original cover painting by Northwest artist Ingrid Amirault
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Vagabond, Nelson’s 2012 release, takes you on a musical journey, part travelogue with stories from Oklahoma, New Mexico, and the Carolinas, part love song, and part wistful remembrance.

The follow up to “Tengo Ranchito”, Nelson’s 2008 release which garnered “Best of 2008 Americana Records” (Barbed Wire Productions), Vagabond continues the thread with infectious grooves, tasteful arrangements and pristine production. Containing 13 self-penned originals, it carves out musical territory from the folk-grass inspired “My Sweet Love” to the swampy “Waiting For The Weekend”. “Medicine Creek”, recounting the treaty signing of 1854 with Native tribes received a Woodyfest songwriting competition honor. “Oklahoma Saturday Night” paints the picture of a dance in Americas’ heartland with twin fiddles and sweet harmonies. “There’s No Right Way To Do Me Wrong” lays down a blues swagger with honky-tonk piano and an Epiphone Zephyr cranked through a Fender Vibrolux. Character driven narratives like "Jezebel" relate another time and place in an old mill town and “By The Light” portrays a gentle remembrance, complete with a lilting string trio.

Musicians contributing their considerable talents to Vagabond include “International Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame Inductee” Doug Jernigan (Johnny Paycheck, Vassar Clements) fiddle ace Barbara Lamb (Asleep At The Wheel, Sweethearts Of The Rodeo), blues fiddler Jon Parry (Danny Barnes, Hank Williams Jr.), long time singing partner/photographer Jane Milford, singer Tammy Frost, drummer Chris Leighton, Murl Sanders (keyboards) and the Grammy nominated Native American Flute player Gentle Thunder.

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Tengo Ranchito

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Tengo Ranchito, released May 2007, combines acoustic guitars, vocals, fiddle, mandolin and dobro in a mix of folk, blues and country textures. This collection of 13 originals and one cover are infused with the values of traditional American Music. “She’s Lucky” captures the honky-tonk tale of a good luck girl. “Troubled Love” haunts with it’s aching slide guitar and Hammond B-3 organ and the classic “Satisfied Mind” features Alice Stuart on vocals. Guest artists include Orville Johnson, Jon Parry, Chris Leighton, Jeff Simmons, Murl Allen Sanders, Paul Elliot, Jane Milford and Tammy Nilsen. A mostly acoustic record, Tengo Ranchito at times features Fender Telecaster, lap steel, piano and drums.

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Soliloquy, released in 2003, is a collection of gentle guitar instrumentals. These compositions were inspired by John's performances at Children’s Hospital in Seattle. They combine meditative themes, varying time signatures, a spacious feel, and a warm inviting sound. Since it’s release Soliloquy has gained an appreciative audience with artists, healers, massage therapists and many others.

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Coast Bound Train
Coast Bound Train

    Released in December 2004, Coast Bound Train is the result of a collaboration between longtime Seattle songwriters and instrumentalists Max Paul Schwennsen and John Nelson. Featuring acoustic guitars and voices complimented by a sympathetic rhythm section, this CD includes 12 original compositions and one penned by the great Ron Davies. Special guests include Alice Stuart on background vocals and Jon Parry on violin.

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A Night Of Song For World Harmony

A Night Of Song For World Harmony

    On September 11th, 2003, more than thirty-five acoustic musicians came together to record a night of song and healing at Dodge City Studios in Seattle, Washington in rememberance of the 9-11-2001 tragedy. Spanning diverse politics, backgrounds and styles, we struck a common chord in our desire to transform individual feelings of loss into positive action. The resulting six-hour concert proved to be much more than the sum of its parts. This CD is a sampling of that magical evening. We hope that you enjoy this amazing recording as much as we do and in some way it helps spread healing in all of our communities. All proceeds from the sale of this CD go to Northwest Harvest.

    By Anita LaFranchi. I am the editor of the Victory Review Acoustic Music Magazine, and I give this CD 5 stars. What you hear in this CD is some of Seattle's best Indi artists. Eva's Tree Blue Skys is extraordinary. If you are a Pacific NW Resident look for the Victory Review in December. This CD and the making of it is in our cover story . Names such as MJ Bishop, Val D'Alessio, John Nelson, Larry Murante, Harp 46 and Cat Kinsey are all stars in their own right as well as Victory Members. Buy this CD - You will not regret it, and the proceeds do not go to the artists, but to hungry people in the Pacific Northwest. Makes a great gift.

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The Mystery Of Ron Davies

    Beneath the glittering surface of celebrity toil the myriad journeymen — among them, songwriters, whose daily dream is that somebody famous will record their tunes, or that their songs will make someone else famous. Ron Davies, who grew up in the Port Orchard-Bremerton area and died in 2003, was such a songwriter. He penned a few hits along the way, the best-known being "It Ain't Easy," recorded by David Bowie and Three Dog Night. And dozens of well-known artists, from the Fabulous Wailers ("It's You Alone") to Joan Baez ("Dreamsong"), Helen Reddy, Maria Muldaur, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Anne Murray and Joe Cocker released Davies tracks, too.
    Now Davies' contemporaries — notably, Seattle singer-songwriter Eric Apoe along with Davies' daughter, Michelle Collette, have jumped in. Sunday, they celebrate the release of a fine compilation CD of 18 of Davies' best songs including "No Regrets" performed by Max Schwennsen and John Nelson.
    "The Mystery of Ron Davies: A Pacific Northwest Tribute". (Excerpted from the Seattle Times 2011)

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