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Often tagged a "blues singer," the U.S. vocalist Tracy Nelson has explored a wide range of popular music styles including folk, rock, and country.


Youth in Wisconsin

Not to be confused with the actress Tracy Nelson, who is the daughter of singer Rick Nelson, the singer Tracy Nelson grew up not in Hollywood but in Madison, Wisconsin. There she first learned about R&B music from WLAC radio in Nashville, a clear-channel AM station whose powerful signal permeated the central South and Midwest. Tracy Kristine Nelson (born October 25, 1963 in Santa Monica, California), is an American actress. ... Eric Hilliard Ricky Nelson, alternately Rick Nelson (May 8, 1940 - December 31, 1985), was one of the first American teen idols. ... ... Jump to: navigation, search Wisconsin State Capitol Madison is the capital of Wisconsin, a state in the United States of America. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Nashville skyline Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee. ... The Midwest is a common name for a region of the United States of America. ...

In her teens, Nelson sang folk music in coffeehouses and R&B at fraternity parties in Madison. She was lead singer a band called The Fabulous Imitations.

Early recording career

In 1964, Nelson recorded an album released on Prestige Records. It featured blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite among her backup band. In Chicago, where the album was recorded, Nelson met and learned from artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Otis Spann. Cover of Charlie Musselwhites Stand Back album Charlie Musselwhite (born January 31, 1944 in Kosciusko, Mississippi) is an American blues harp (harmonica) player and band leader, one of the white bluesmen who came to prominence in the early 1960s, along with Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield. ... Jump to: navigation, search Chicago, colloquially known as the Second City and the Windy City, is the third-largest city in population in the United States, following New York City and Los Angeles, and the largest inland city in the country. ... McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1915 – April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered the father of Chicago blues. ... Jump to: navigation, search Howlin Wolf album cover Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976), better known as Howlin Wolf, was an African American blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player. ... Otis Spann born in Jackson, Mississippi, on March 21, 1930 - died April 24, 1970 in Chicago, Illinois, was a blues musician. ...

Nelson moved to San Francisco, where she became part of the 1960s music scene there. Her band Mother Earth played the legendary Filmore Auditorium, sharing bills with the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. It was during this period that Nelson wrote and recorded (with Mother Earth) her signature song "Down So Low," later covered by Linda Ronstadt and Etta James. Jump to: navigation, search The downtown San Francisco skyline, looking east from the central part of the city. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Grateful Dead was an American psychedelia-influenced rock band. ... Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the LSD-influenced psychedelic rock movement. ... Janis Joplin on the cover of her posthumously released live album In Concert Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American blues-influenced rock singer and occasional songwriter with a distinctive voice. ... Jump to: navigation, search Jimi Hendrix James Marshall (Jimi) Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American musician, songwriter, virtuoso guitarist, widely considered the best electric guitarist in the history of popular music. ... Jump to: navigation, search Linda Ronstadt on the cover of her 2002 collection The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is an American singer. ... Jump to: navigation, search Etta James on the cover of one of her albums Etta James is an American R&B and gospel singer. ...

Based in Nashville

Before the sixties were out, Nelson had relocated to Nashville, where she and Mother Earth recorded the well-received albums Make A Joyful Noise and Tracy Nelson Country. The latter features Nelson's priceless cover of the country classic "Blue, Blue Day."

Nelson made a total of six albums with Mother Earth for the Mercury and Reprise labels. She has continued to record as a solo artist, for Atlantic and other labels. In 1974, her duet with Willie Nelson, "After the Fire is Gone" was nominated for a Grammy Award. Willie Nelson Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American guitarist and country singer, originally from Abbott, Texas. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Grammy Awards (originally the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard...

External links

  • Tracy Nelson on Amazon [1]
  • Tracy Nelson homepage [2]

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Tracy has always been her own master, as strong of character as she is of voice.
Tracy's journey to Cell Block D began in the early 1960's when, while growing up in Madison, Wisconsin, she immersed herself in the R&B she heard beamed into her bedroom from Nashville's WLAC.
Tracy Nelson is a singer without parallel in terms of both technical ability and emotional directness.
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Nelson's was a big, imposing, riveting voice and was certainly a voice that qualified her to be "the star" of the talented Mother Earth ensemble.
Nelson, who has been largely ignored by radio throughout her career, is getting quite a buzz on radio with her duet with Marcia Ball on 'Got a New Truck.' There is an infectious energy to the roadhouse arrangement, and the two ladies obviously are inspired by each other.
Nelson carries the torch further and higher on 'Even Now.' Her ability to hold notes for extended periods and to give them a throaty waiver is demonstrated to full effect on this slow blues piece.
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