Tracy Nelson’s immense talent is difficult to categorize. She has flirted with psychedelic rock stardom, with her band Mother Earth. She has scored country hits, including a Grammy-nominated duet with Willie Nelson. She has recorded rock and R&B albums to great acclaim. But the common thread through all of Nelson’s music is the blues, and it is the blues she returns to on her latest recording, Victim Of the Blues.
Nelson grew up in Madison, and began playing music while attending college there. Soon she moved to Chicago, and in 1964 recorded her first album, Deep Are the Roots, featuring a young Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica. Shortly after that she moved to San Francisco, and in the midst of the psychedelic music scene, formed Mother Earth. More country blues than freaky psychedelia, the band played the Fillmore next to Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Burdon before relocating to Nashville. Mother Earth’s first album was released in 1968, and contains Nelson’s own “Down So Low,” named by Esquire Magazine “one of the five saddest songs ever written.”
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Tracy Nelson proves that the human voice is the most expressive instrument in creation.” -Rolling Stone
“…a powerful singer with a stunning voice.” -NPR
“She has a magnificent voice. She can truly sell a song.” -Irma Thomas
Since embarking on a solo career in the early 1970s, Tracy Nelson has recorded over 25 records on several major labels. Her powerful voice and unerring stage presence have secured her place as “one of America’s best living blues vocalists.” -Seattle PI
“Tracy Nelson isn’t so much a singer as she is a force field — a blues practitioner of tremendous vocal power and emotional range.” -Entertainment Weekly