Stories of small town America unfold over infectious grooves, with stretches of creamy lead guitar as long as Nevada's loneliest highway. Nad Neslo fully embraces a sound and a style that is reminiscent of the music of the 70's. The songs tend to be long, the lyrics tell a story and there's plenty of lead guitar throughout. Think of it as lost highway music. It's like the places between destinations where there are often long stretches of two-lane blacktop with the occasional lonely little town. Eerily empty, forgotten towns that spark curiosity and stay on your mind long after the trip is over. It offers a kind of magic that can't be found while racing down the interstate. And so, this music, like a good back road adventure, is not afraid to wander off the beaten path and just gets better with time.
Nad started out playing drums after a friend sold him an old Ludwig kit. He found the drums infectious and honed his skills through regular jam sessions with other musician friends. Always intrigued with recording, he often taped the jam sessions using an old Akai two track recorder.
As situations changed (people getting married, moving away, etc) Nad decided that he wanted to learn an instrument that would allow him to write and record his own songs. It was about this time that his wife surprised him with a Yamaha keyboard. He learned his way around, but admittedly, never progressed beyond that of a "convincing doodler." (By the way, that doodling can be heard on his recordings such as the tasty piano fills on his song The Distance.) Not finding fulfillment with the keyboard, Nad decided what he really wanted to play was guitar. After buying a used Fender Strat and a Marshall amp, there was no looking back. Daily practice paid off and he soon found his own sound and style.
Since then Nad has added several acoustic and electric guitars, two vintage vacuum tube amplifiers, a bass guitar and various effects devices to his musical toy chest. He's gone from recording with the old Akai tape recorder, to a 4-track cassette and now uses a Roland VS digital multi-track. He finds all aspects completely rewarding; the song writing, playing the various instruments, as well as the challenge of getting good sound quality on his recordings.
BACK FROM GONE is Nad Neslo's first official release with Nad playing all the instruments as well as assuming the role of recording engineer and producer. Nad wrote all the songs, the only exception being his rendition of Neil Young's Cortez the Killer. Nad's wife, Annette, provides stellar back up vocals on Peace of Mind and The Distance.
Nad has already begun writing new songs for his next release. His goal is to always be moving forward musically while continuing to expand his knowledge of recording techniques.
BACK FROM GONE, perfect for roads that are a little too long, a little too lonely and likely to get you lost.
Nad Neslo's Back From Gone CD has been played on over 50 radio stations throughout the US as well as Canada, Belgium, Germany and Australia!
Written by Anthony Bennett, CD Reviews
Nad Neslo - Back From Gone
Can an astutely wielded Strat go wrong?
The Fender Stratocaster is possibly the world's most distinctive and legendary guitar, and not for nothing. Its pining, almost lyrical tone has made it the guitar of choice for last names like Hendrix, Clapton and Springsteen. While multi-instrumentalist Nad Neslo may not deserve mention among men of that caliber, he nonetheless provides on his debut Back From Gone a thorough exercise in Strat versatility and complements it with capable songwriting and a good range of styles.
The first showcase of his guitar proficiency is the road-tripper "Wandering John". What could have been a simple midtempo country-rock confection is taken somewhere further by the almost psychedelic whine of the Strat and an eminently enjoyable sense of storytelling. The sense of identity Neslo embeds in his titular character makes this a personable tune worth placement on your next open-highway mixtape.
In a truly original work, Neslo brings in wife Annette for backup vocals on "The Distance", a striking ode to long-distance love. While the songwriting has the straightforwardness of Neil Young ("So long since I left my garage, and I’ve been here in this mirage/This lonely desert drive, where heat waves trick my eyes"), the accompaniment reflects the complexity of a more subdued Cure cover, an enjoyable experiment with fantastic results.
Though the instrumental “September Wind” is worth at least a passing listen, the undisputed highlight of the album's back half is "D.B. Cooper", a retelling of the 1971 plane hijacking that still remains open in FBI case files. Neslo ponders the question on the minds of everyone old enough to remember the name ("D.B. Cooper, what became of you?") against a Dragnet theme-styled melody. It's a fun song and, for those of us born after 1971 (without the aid of memory but plus the invention of Google) an education in the table scraps of history.
Ultimately, this is a debut album; by simply keeping listener attention to the end of the album (which it should accomplish easily) it succeeds in its sole purpose. It should prove interesting to see how Neslo grows as an artist.
The Peoples Media Company
Nad is another one of those amazing DIY artists that plays all the instruments and writes all of his own material (He does one cover of Neil Young's "Cortez The Killer"). He plays guitar with passion, purpose, and above all a feeling and touch that compliments his understated vocal style. The eight tracks that encompass the CD feature bluesy rock guitar licks that cry out to you, looking for an answer. The bed of bass lines and percussion sound very much right in place to support his six-string, they have just enough oomph to let the guitar do all the talking, along with his vocals of course, although at times he goes for long stretches of instrumental breaks. The closing track "Lonely Linda" is Neslo's tour de force, nearly 13 minutes of blues soaked guitar rock and a memorable vocal treatment. Another favorite is "Wandering John," which has a catchy hook running through it, I liked the track more with each listen. Annette Olsen adds a nice touch to the overall mix of the album with some sweet background vocals, giving it all a touch of class.
I liked this recording right out of the gate but as I listened more frequently, I could appreciate the complete artistry of Nad Neslo. From top to bottom, this man does a great job of presenting his musicianship and song constructing. He does it all in a very relaxed fashion, gradually easing you into his world. This was a refreshing listen that I will look forward to hearing again-and I do not have to be in a particular mood to give it a spin.
TOXIC PETE’S MUSIC REVIEWS
By Peter J Brown aka toxic pete (www.toxicpete.co.uk)
I really like this!! A strange one maybe but for me strange is cool! 'Back From Gone' by Nad Neslo (or is that Dan Olsen?) is a rare little gem - a bit of what could be called self-indulgence that really works on all fronts. Neslo does everything here (except some really impressive background vocals by Annette Olsen), a real all-rounder and quite obviously a man with a gift for story-telling and all things musical - a journeyman, a troubadour.
There are eight lengthy tracks here, seven Neslo originals and one Neil Young cover ('Cortez The Killer'), and plenty of scope to get into Neslo's prog-rocky world. Vocally there's something very sweet about this guy - I like his intonation and his chilled delivery (think Neil Young meets Chris Rea) and I love where the guy is musically comin' from. Instrumentally Neslo is obviously extremely talented and worldly wise - he handles everything extremely well here. His main weapon of choice would seem to be the electric guitar - an instrument he clearly knows his way around and one that totally suits his 'stories of small town America' musical bent. His guitar style is very much in the fashion of early Neil Young but with the sound and feel of Jorma Kaukonen; the occasional discord and staccato of the former and the psychedelic feel of the later. Throw some earthy Springsteen-esque (circa 'Nebraska') songs into mix and you've got an enthralling piece of rock music to get you through the day. Hey, it works really well and I'm lovin' it - I'm likin' the whole groove, the whole ambience, the whole darn thing!!
'Back From Gone' is a real piece of retro-Americana - for me, that's cool and that's just fine. But, some might find Neslo's way just a bit too off-track at the moment. I think you have to listen to this man with a completely open mind and a receptive heart. This is a moody piece of work that I could sit and listen to all day long - but I'm not necessarily like everyone else! 'Back From Gone' doesn't always demonstrate the best musicianship that money can buy but it's bloody well better than some I could mention. And it's certainly not totally 'pc' style for the 00's but who cares - just enjoy it for what it is!
'Back From Gone' by Nad Neslo is a quirky piece of music that 'time nearly forget'! I admire Neslo for stickin' to his guns and actually getting this all down to disc - I enjoyed my time spent in Nad Neslo's world and I shall continue to 'dip my toe' into his musical Universe on a regular basis. 'Back From Gone' by Nad Neslo has a character all of its own - it's an absolute pleasure to occasionally come across this sort of creativity and self-belief, even if it's a bit on the retro-hippy side. Excellent stuff - I really enjoyed this one!
Wildy's World Music Reviews
There is something to be said for period music. The ability to transport your listener(s) to a different time and place is special, and Nad Neslo accomplishes it admirably on Back From Gone. Imagine this scene: It's the mid 1970's. You're hanging out with a couple of friends in your parents’ basement, making sneaking a beer or two from the fridge upstairs. The record player is on and your friend just brought over this great new record of guitar-driven psychedelic rock. You just sit back let the music wash over you and talk jack with your friends.
Back From Gone could easily be the soundtrack to that scene. With guitar work that reminisces of the Doors and sometimes even Mark Knopfler, Nad Nelso has made a very distinct and successful record. A series of sonic landscapes punctuated by a cover of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer", Back From Gone is a must for a relaxing evening at home or a rainy weekend. The highlight of the disc may just be Neslo's tribute to D.B. Cooper, and "Garnet Mountain" has a persnickety bass line that will have you grooving in your barcalounger.
Check this out. Nad Neslo has a very original sound in this day of pre-packaged guitar rock, and his vocals will remind you faintly of Jim Morrison at times. It's a great disc, even if it may be one of those "I have to be in the right mood for it" selections.
Rating: Buy It Soon!
CD Review: Nad Neslo ‘Back from Gone’
Posted By Bill Gould, Publisher
July 3, 2007 @ 2:40 pm
By full sheer coincidence I popped in this CD and took a drive thru our local Temecula Valley wine country, touring 2 lane roads with rolling hills and the sun setting behind the hills to sink into the ocean. I found myself opening my sunroof and cranking up the radio and just chillin’. It was nice, the guitar ripped over smooth beats, the wind blew over my mohawk - it was a sweet journey. That is exactly what Nad’s CD ‘Back from Gone’ is all about. Long songs are the average here and they progress around loose arrangements that help you glide down a long stretch of highway, its what Nad wanted, and its what I wanted and it was good. Check it out for yourself at http://www.nadneslo.com and chill to the vibe.