Americana artist delivers excellent songwriting, straight forward arrangements and great melodies in his new release, "Ain't No Easy Way".
"Shawn Nelson brings a new edge and fresh perspective to songwriting and especially songwriting in Texas. He is to Texas music what gamblers were to the old west. With a smile on his face and a pistol in his boot, one way or the other you’re going to like the hand you are dealt. Telling the truth, with no boundaries, guidelines or formulas. What a concept."
- Greg Roberts, Austin Music City
His latest CD and third independent release, "Ain’t No Easy Way", is a genuine and focused effort with a down-home feel. It includes contributions from other Austin musicians including LZ Love on vocals, Kris Brown on dobro and steel guitar, Joe Faulhaber on electric guitar and vocals, Trisha Keefer on fiddle, Jerome Kinkaid on piano and organ, PJ Herrington on bass and Nick Chambers on drums.
His first CD, "Shawn Nelson and the Ramblers", was released in November 2004 and for his next release, Shawn decided to record a live performance with his band, The Ramblers, at the legendary Antone's in Austin.
In "Live at Antone’s", Nelson sings renditions of his best songs recorded live on June 24, 2005, at Antone’s, a classic Austin venue. It keeps audiences entertained with the styles that the band incorporates into its sound – anything from the traditional gospel of "Down By the Riverside" to the down-home, bluesy feel of "Troubadour." Lyrics such as these promise comfort and relaxation despite the dreaded summer heat. The music of Shawn Nelson and the Ramblers is sure to appear at backyard barbecues, beer joints and Barton Springs, as Austinites enjoy themselves touring the summer."
- Emily Watson, The Daily Texan
"This music just says come on in, grab a cold one, the BBQs over there. You can dance or sit down and tap your toes, we don’t care- just glad you’re here. Listening to this CD, I can imagine them in just about any honky tonk where the beer is cold and everyone is glad to be off work."
- Maria Mesa, Austin Daze Magazine
Beyond playing weekly shows in Austin, Shawn has been on tour as far west as Colorado and as far east as Mississippi. He has played at venues such as Antone's, Saxon Pub, Momo's, Threadgills in Austin; Blanco's and The Continental Club in Houston; Adair's Saloon and Poor David's Pub in Dallas; and Chelsea's in Baton Rouge.
Shawn plans a full performance schedule in support of "Ain’t No Easy Way" in venues anywhere and everywhere, to anyone and everyone.