Smokestack Lightnin' Home Page -- The Blues Profile Page
Canada’s hardest working blues rock musician, Ross Neilsen, does it right. He’s taking strong, timeless material to the place that matters: The People. Six Years, over 1000 shows and more than half a million kilometers traveled. In a time of corporate cookie-cutter music, this is the return to real. Proving hard work pays off Neilsen has been honored with a nomination for Best New Artist at The Maple Blues Awards in 2010, two Rising Star nominations from CBC, back to back Blues Album of the Year nominations from the East Coast Music Association, a win for Best Blues Recording for Redemption at the 2010 MusicNB awards and in 2012 Neilsen was a semi finalist in the solo/duo category at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. He is a real, old-school kind of artist. Write. Tour. Record. Tour. Repeat.
Neilsen’s latest studio effort, RESURRECTION, was recorded in Maurice, Louisiana at Dockside Studios. RESURRECTION was produced by New Orleans’ favourite son, Anders Osborne and engineered by Grammy award-winning studio whiz, Warren Riker. RESURRECTION was funded in part by the Music Industry Development grant in New Brunswick as well as direct-to-fan funding site Pledge Music.
Neilsen’s journey to RESURRECTION was an epic one. Detouring to Macon, Georgia to visit the Allman Brothers Museum, The Big House, Neilsen gained inspiration for recording after being one of the few people on earth to be allowed to play Duane Allman’s 1957 Gold Top Les Paul. This is the legendary guitar used on the first two Allman Brothers albums as well as Eric Clapton’s “Layla” album.
RESURRECTION contains ten original songs, each one a unique sonic assault that draws from Neilsen’s full palate of influences. From the dueling southern rock guitar lines between Neilsen and Osborne on “Daddy Taught Me” (Neilsen’s tribute to his late father), the poppy ear-worm hook in the rocker “Need You More”, ZZ Top-esque guitar work in “Walk on By”, or the closing ten minute opus of “Juanita” that conjures up the heavy drone of Crazy Horse, RESURRECTION explores bold new ground taking the band into dangerously beautiful new territory. The song topics are snap shots into the life the people Neilsen meets and the places he visits as he tours the great nation he so proudly calls home.
After the demise of The Sufferin’ Bastards in December 2011, Ross Neilsen has spent much of the last year rebuilding his musical foundation with a new trio, ROSS NEILSEN BAND. Any doubt as to the impact of his return has been shattered with this latest recording. The old school, in-your-face guitar playing coupled with a thunderous, tight rhythm section has been Neilsen’s trademark for years, blurring the lines between pop, blues and rock. With RESURRECTION, Neilsen has returned with an arsenal of mature, timeless material and a fire burning hotter than ever to take this new, exciting music to the place it matters most – The People. RESURRECTION is coming.