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Willie's Granddaughter Looks to Make Her Own Name

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Willie’s Granddaughter Raelyn Nelson Looks to Make Own Name

July 14, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  21 Comments

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That’s right ladies and gentlemen, the Nelson clan can now field three generations of performers on the stage, and the new generation is about as defiant and ass kicking as you might expect. Rearing out of the gates comes the rambunctious and ribald Raelyn Nelson and the Raelyn Nelson Band: a full throttle country rock experience, just as much Loretta Lynn as it is The Ramones, with Willie’s little granddaughter out there in skimpy miniskirts and a flirty midriff while making one hell of a racket and breaking hearts.

As you can imagine, Raelyn was raised with country music poured right into her bottle, and along with her obvious influences, (including one that goes by the name of “Willie”), she’s a huge Loretta Lynn fan, and will put her dukes up to anyone who has anything cross to say about the country queen. But when it came to putting out her debut EP, the music took a different direction, with more of a rock and punk attitude as can be inferred heavily by the block letters, and even Raelyn’s exposed midriff that mimics almost exactly the cover of The Ramones’ 1976 debut cover.

raelyn-nelson-bandRaelyn has been playing in Nashville and performing for a while now mostly in the vein of her family tradition. But when she partnered up with underground rock producer Jonathan Bright to try something a little different, what they came up with is self-referred to as “Country/Garage Rock”. Wild-eyed with a lot of girl power and melodic sensibility, The Raelyn Nelson Band EP may not exactly wow the traditional country crowd, but it certainly gets your attention and has you singing along, even if it’s filed as a guilty pleasure.

The lead off track to the EP “Do You” and the later track “Careless” finds Raelyn waxing unapologetically self-destructive yet ultimately resilient in a similar vein to Lydia Loveless. “Moon Song” takes a lighter approach, with Raelyn appropriating the ukelele like her aunt Amy Nelson of Folk Uke, and dueting with her famous grandfather himself in a song that is simple and sappy, but still refers to the family’s natural inclination to songcraft. “He’s All Mine” is where Raelyn exposes her country roots and love for Loretta in a track that is twangy without interrupting the winning streak of infectious groove and melody this EP sports. The final song “Getta Room” about inappropriately mugging down in a booth may be a little bit too long, but exhumes the early 80′s punk rock approach of girls with the guts to tell it all.

With this EP, Raelyn isn’t looking to make your eyes water, but for what it is, it shows a lot of promise from the young Nelson as a singer, front person, and songwriter. And as she likes to point out, I don’t really have any desire to be a ‘solo-artist’. Everyone in my family who plays music has always placed a lot of importance on band chemistry, on stage, off stage and in the studio. Our band can almost read each other’s minds. Why would I mess with that?”

Reading Raelyn’s mind along with Jonathan Bright are Paulie Simmons and Preach Rutherford from the band Defense Wins Championships.

Raelyn is the daughter of Willie’s son Billy Nelson from Willie’s very first marriage. In a somewhat strange circumstance, Raelyn is actually slightly older than her uncle, fellow country rock performer Lukas Nelson. But no matter, Lukas Nelson, Raelyn’s aunt Amy Nelson from Folk Uke, and everyone else from the Nelson clan has welcomed Raelyn into the performing family. “I’ve been told by more than one person in the ‘biz’ that I’m stubborn like my grandpa. I kind of like that.”

There’s a lot still to be determined about where Raelyn’s musical nose will point, and if she can make music a full-time, non-stop endeavor. This certainly should be approached as a rock album first with a little bit of country mixed in, but classifications aside, Raelyn Nelson shows a lot of spunk on this very enjoyable EP.

1 1/2 of 2 guns up.

RNB is 95.3 The Bear's Pepsi "Southern Original" Featured Band of the Week!!!!!

Each week, 95.3 The Bear and Pepsi will spotlight ‘A Southern Original’ featuring an up and coming country artist and delve into their music and history. 

I figured the best way to start this feature off was with a rocking little country band from Nashville that has some of the most legendary roots in country music. Hopefully, with that comment you’ve figured out that Raelynn Nelson has a famous grandfather named Willie, or ‘Papa Willie’ as she lovingly refers to him.

Taking a page from Willie, Waylon, Cash, and Paycheck’s unwritten “Outlaw Handbook,” Raelyn Nelson Band are doing their own thing with an alt rock leaning, rowdy approach to country music. As a matter of fact it’s hard to classify them either way so let’s don’t. Let’s just call it music and move on.

My favorite track on their self-titled EP is a song called ‘Get a Room’, the last cut on the record. This one hits like the opening of ‘I Fought the Law’ but more like The Clash version than the original Bobby Fuller Four version. The driving drum beat sets the tone while the chang-a-lang strumming of the guitar helps to count the song into a rhythm awaiting the arrival of Raelyn’s voice, innocent but commanding. The song sings of two lovers who need to “get a room before we get arrested.”

Of course you’ll not be able to miss ‘Moon Song’ which is Raelyn’s chance to sing beside her very famous grandfather. Honestly the most country track, ‘Moon Song’ is like an upbeat, honky-tonk lullaby if that makes sense. Her sweet voice coupled with the steady strumming of her ukelele makes it the perfect soundtrack for Sunday morning coffee with the person you love.

Before leaving you two tracks to discover on your own, I’ll close with a short review of Raelyn Nelson Band’s first single, ‘Do You.’ It’s a signature love song/party anthem if there has ever been such a thing. A bouncy ode to individuality and the prospect of love, the appeal of ‘Do You’ is the springy guitar riffs and anthemic chorus, cheering, “But I wanna be with you and I want you to want me to. Do you?”

All in all, I’m a fan. Raelyn Nelson Band have a musically adorable appeal and are smart in their placement of memorable riffs and lyrics.

 

RNB on SiriusXM Outlaw Country

The Raelyn Nelson Band has been added to the playlist of the Outlaw Country channel on SiriusXM. We've heard everything on there from George Jones to Elvis Costello and have become huge fans. You will too. So tune in, give them a listen, and shoot them an email or give them a call to request some RNB if the mood strikes. 

Request line- 1-888-656-88529

Email- outlawcountry@siriusxm.com

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Raelyn Nelson Band @ the 5spot
That’s why it’s so refreshing to see an act like Raelyn Nelson Band. As the granddaughter of one of country music’s greatest category-busters, Willie’s progeny’s got genuine genetic hillbilly street cred — not to mention the smarts to team up with three garage punk vets in Jonathan Bright, Paulie Simmons and Preach Rutherford. Beyond that, they just let evolution take its course. Hey, ho, let’s go to the whiskey river, y’all! [Read More...]
Raelyn Nelson Band w/Rock City Birdhouse & The Secret Club

http://m.nashvillescene.com/nashville/raelyn-nelson-band-wrock-city-birdhouse-and-the-secret-club/Event?oid=4129690&sortType=pick&narrowByDate=2014-04-23&eventSection=1208158

 

Raelyn Nelson Band w/Rock City Birdhouse & The Secret Club 

When:  Wed., April 23, 9 p.m.

 

What: The Americana and country jungle is currently populated with all varieties of musical “manimals” — that is, rock bands that think they’re “authentic” (whatever that means) country, mainstream country bands that sound suspiciously like ’80s rock, boy bands that think they’re folkies, country-tween pop, bro country and everything in between. That’s why it’s so refreshing to see an act like Raelyn Nelson Band. As the granddaughter of one of country music’s greatest category-busters, Willie’s progeny’s got genuine genetic hillbilly street cred — not to mention the smarts to team up with three garage punk vets in Jonathan Bright, Paulie Simmons and Preach Rutherford. Beyond that, they just let evolution take its course. Hey, ho, let’s go to the whiskey river, y’all! RANDY FOX

EP now on ITunes

The new Raelyn Nelson Band EP is now available on ITunes! Get it here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/raelyn-nelson-band-ep/id842737664?uo=4

Raelyn Nelson Band EP release

The new EP from the Raelyn Nelson Band is now for sale. Limited autographed copies available right here on the website, or you can pick one up at Grimey's in Nashville. Grab one and tell your friends!

Raelyn Nelson Band at the Rutledge

http://www.concertphotosmagazine.com/2014/01/raelyn-nelson-band-rocking-rutledge-at_20.html?m=1

Four Generations Celebrate Willie Nelson's 80th (Recap) - antiMUSIC.com
Four Generations Celebrate Willie Nelson's 80th (Recap)antiMUSIC.comThe lineup included Folk Uke (featuring daughter Amy Nelson), the Raelyn Nelson Band (Willie's granddaughter), Lechuza (featuring Martha Jewell Fowler, his granddaughter and his great-grandson), the Paula Nelson Band (Willie's daughter), Insects Vs.
Willie Nelson to Celebrate His 80th Year at Hard Rock Cafe in New York - Artistdirect.com
Willie Nelson to Celebrate His 80th Year at Hard Rock Cafe in New YorkArtistdirect.comOn June 6th, 2013, "The Family Nelson & Willie," including Willie Nelson, Paula Nelson Band (Willie's daughter), Raelyn Nelson Band (Willie's granddaughter) Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, featuring Willie Nelson (Willie's son), Insects Vs ... [Read More...]