It’s fair to say this album has been a long time coming.
Nelson started writing songs in middle school, and spent his twenties playing with a band called The Musicians, releasing three EP’s and playing a string of sold out local dates along the way. The focus then turned to Martin Van Ruin, a critically-acclaimed 7-piece collective. Rock critic Jessica Hopper called their debut “one of the best local indie releases of the year,” and the Chicago Sun-Times said the band was a “new folk rock supergroup” with “inescapable Bob Dylan and Neil Young comparisons.” American Songwriter Magazine named them one of “5 Chicago Songwriters You Need to Hear.”
Now 33 and a father of two, after 20 years of making music, Nelson is finally ready for his debut.