ECMA nominee and two time CBC Rising Star Award winner, Ross Neilsen, eats, breathes and sleeps the blues. Whether electrifying audiences with his power trio or telling tall tales in his intimate solo shows, Ross has been "out there" delivering the goods.
After bursting onto the scene in late 2005, Ross Neilsen has worked hard at maintaining his profile throughout 2006 making sure he wasn't lost in the "blues shuffle". This hard working artist performs over 150 shows a year at various venues around Eastern Canada including: Clubs, Theatres, (Playhouse in Fredericton, Imperial Theatre in Saint John), and Festivals such as The Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in Fredericton and The Dutch Mason Blues Festival as well as The esteemed MAriposa Folk Festival in Orillia Ontario.
Ross's debut album, "Where I'm From", received many accolades. Among them, an East Coast Music Award Nomination for best blues recording as well as being featured in many publications and two 2005 top ten lists: Wilfred Langmaid (Daily Gleaner) and Grant Kerr (Telegraph Journal). Radio has also given Ross their support across Canada with spins on JazzFm in Toronto, At the Crossroads, a syndicated program from British Columbia, CBC, as well as East Coast programs such as Route 104 in Halifax and The East Coast Radio Show in Fredericton.
With the release of his second CD, EARLY GRAVE, Ross has been touring with his band, The Sufferin' Bastards. Never one to rest, Ross plans two National tours in 2009. Ross will be breaking new barriers and doing what he loves most, taking his music to new listeners everywhere.
Whether you catch Ross performing in fifty seat nightclubs or in 1000 seat festival tents, with a band or solo, his high energy shows garner critical appraise. So keep your eyes open and expect to find Ross performing anywhere great blues is played and in a few shady places off the beaten path!