Nelsen Adelard | Blues Still Got A Hold On Me

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Blues Still Got A Hold On Me

by Nelsen Adelard

2007 saw the re-release of Nelsen's first album. Aptly re-titled Blues Still Got A Hold On Me. Remastering by Richard Robinson brought the early album back to life getting strong airplay and remaining on the Roots Blues Charts for over 15 weeks.
Genre: Blues: Blues Vocals
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1. Don't Stop Now
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2. Tell Me Honey Why'd You Do Me Wrong?
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3. Black And Blue
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4. Blues Got A Hold On Me
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5. Didn't Have To Leave Me Alone
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6. Give It One More Try
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7. Jacko's In The Bayou
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8. Jive Talkin Mama
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9. Gotta Boogie
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10. Aint Misbehavin
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Album Notes
Born into a show business family, Nelsen was already a professional musician at 15. A true "Blues Journeyman" Nelsen earned his stripes playing tough, gritty joints and taverns of the East Coast Blues Circuit. He shared the stage, and opened shows for such greats as Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Matt "Guitar" Murphy and Johnny Winter. Inspired by these legends, Nelsen developed a melodic driving style on both guitar and harmonics. A world class blues vocalist, Nelsen's voice is truly an expressive instrument. Striking the right balance of torment, and tenderness so essential to this style.

Nelsen recorded his first solo album “Blues Got A Hold On Me” with J Bird Records in 1999. Strong local sales and southern air play got him a deal for his second album with then fledgling label Hot Rod Records. Recording the basic tracks in LA and flying to Austin to put the finishing touches on the record with some of Austin’s hottest session slingers. Jack Of All Trades was released to rave reviews in 2003.

His third album was a send up to the Louisiana style of Blues that has influenced Nelsen throughout his career. “Take Me Back” is a true showcase of Nelsen’s vocal ability as well as showing off his songwriting skills, and his proficiency on guitar, harp and piano.

“Nelsen Adelard Unplugged” made it to #10 on the Living Blues Charts and features originals that have appeared on earlier albums plus some Blues standards. Engineered and produced by Richard Robinson ( Grammy Nominated engineer) who captures the raw organic dynamic of Nelsen’s vocals as well as showing off his skills on guitar and harp. As Nelsen puts it “This album gives you an inside look into a weekend’s worth of playing and singing with some dear friends”

In July of 2006 Nelsen moved from Los Angeles to McComb Mississippi. Why? “I was tired of the Rat Race of LA. I wanted to live in a small town where the air is clean and the people are friendly. I also wanted to spend more time on my songwriting and needed a quiet space to do it”

Nelsen Adelard’s new release is actually his first solo CD. Originally released in 1999 on then fledgling label J Bird Records,
Blues Got A Hold On Me was recorded in two different studios, it has the feel of a live album. The songs were written for the original West Coast band, (John Duzik, Steve Gabil, and Rick Arbuckle) and continue to be a staple for his Live Shows.

Two original cuts from this album “Don’t Stop Now” and “Gotta Boogie” have appeared on his 2006 release “Nelsen Adelard Unplugged” ( #10 on the Living Blues Charts) and recently found new life on Bill Wax’s Bluesville on XM Radio.

Also featured is the classic “Black & Blue” which Nelsen lends his own style of lead guitar to, as well as the Blues Ballad “Give It One More Try”, both standards of his live shows.
Another familiar song to Nelsen’s fans is the original cut of “Blues Got A Hold On Me” which was later covered on acoustic guitar and harp at the end of Nelsen’s “Take Me Back” album.

Re-Mastered by the engineering wizard Richard Robinson, this CD sounds better than ever and as fresh as the day it was first pressed.


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MIchael Giovoni Mid-Town Blues

In a post modern world filled with mediocre music this album is a refreshing tak
In a post modern world filled with mediocre music this album is a refreshing take on a genre that has its heart planted in the soul of almost every other genre of music heard today. Nelsen and the band kick off the party with a rockin’ blues tune titled “Don’t Stop Now” if you were sitting still before this number started playing you won’t by the end. It starts the album off right and leaves the listener hungry for more. Next up on the play list (Tell me “Honey why’d you do me wrong?”)is a catchy blues number with lyrics that I believe any man can relate to, but that aside it also has a “goodtime” rhythm kicked off with some “happening” piano that any enthusiast will sure want to hear. The next number slows the album down, in a good way; “Black and Blue” is a blues ballad that is capable of taking someone on an emotion filled roller coaster, the heart filled lyrics and the emotional emphases that pours out of Mr.Adelard’s heart while singing it, are enough to force a lump into anyone’s throat and if they are not quite sufficient to bring a grown man to tears the lead guitar riffs should kick the tears into overdrive. If anyone has a deep admiration for the saxophone and harmonica the title track “Blues Got a Hold on Me” is the jam for you, although both of these instruments are prominent through-out the album on this track they really stand-out, this track is another “goodtime” jam with all the fixin’s. “Didn’t have to leave me alone” has a long instrumental lead in and showcases all the talents that have already been presented to you on this album it’s a gratifying listening experience that mixes” boogie” with “ballad” and is good lead in for the next song. As soon as the album gives you a break from trying to bring you to tears it smacks you yet again, “Give it one more try” attacks the heart chords the same way “Black and Blue” does, this time with a strong saxophone backing and it is one of my personal favorites on this album. “Jacko’s in the bayou” is either a lyrical masterpiece that translates to “Nelsen’s in the Doghouse” with “Ezmirelda” being his significant other or it’s just a goodtime song with some goodtime lyrics, either way it is another pleasing song that makes you forget that you have been listening to the same cd for quite some time - because you have yet to skip a track and I guarantee you won’t be skipping this one. For some reason the placement of these songs (on the cd) seems to be perfect, although you have a wide array of different styles on the album each song seems to be strategically placed to lead in to the next one without a hitch, which is what happens from the previous song to “Jive Talkin’ Mama.” The title speaks for itself, and it is another pleasing harmonica jam that some how joins “boogie” with “ballad” again, which is not easily achieved for most but seems to be a cinch for Nelsen and the band. “Gotta Boogie” is the next track on the album and it is another rockin’ blues jam it seems Nelsen and the Band want to end your listening experience the same way they came in – with a bang! It’s a great toe tapping get up and boogie jam again with all the fixin’s. The last song on the album actually scared me when I read the title, thinking that the song “Ain’t Misbehavin’” by Fats Waller is great in its own right but had no place on this album, come to find out I was completely wrong. The Nelsen Adelard Band’s rendition of this song is touching, fun and original and is a perfect end to an outstanding album. The song gives you chills in the way an old black and white movie would - but it definitely has a modern feel and it seems to be speaking for Nelsen and the Band saying “so long guys see you soon on the next album.” For an entire album to not have one disappointing song on it is incredible, this album takes it one step further and gives you an exceptional listening experience with every track.

Jim Tillerman

This recording is what first turned me on to Nelsen's talent.
I first heard this CD back in 99. Not too many people had heard of this guy other than his diehard fans on the West Coast. What struck me first about this CD was the energy that came off every track. Lots of it! Even the slow Blues numbers have an excitement to them that not many Blues singers can capture. This recording also goes a bit beyond the 1,4,5 progressions that us Blues Junkies are so used to. Nelsen and his band takes us a step further. Reminds me a bit of what the Allman Bros did on their earlier albums mixing Blues with Jazz and Rock. Nelsen also shows early signs of loving the south and it's own take on the Blues.
My favorites on this disc are Black & Blue and Give It One More Try. Both are true Blues ballads. Not only does this give you an inside look into how Nelsen started his Blues Journey.( Recorded 8 years ago ) He managed to capture a great studio album that has the sound of a live show. A must for anyone who loves the Blues.