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This performer is based in Ottawa, Canada
and travels all over North America at very reasonable prices
Click the links below to hear some audio:
Amarillo by Morning
Video available upon request
Born in Ottawa, raised across the river in the modest town of Aylmer, Quebec, Nelson is a true "country boy". He grew up listening to several types of music, but honed in on country after a trip to visit his uncle who played guitar. He instructed Nelson to play three chords and a country rhythm. Well, he caught on instantly and was hooked for life.......his passion had been discovered!Upon returning home, Nelson asked his mother if he could have a guitar for Christmas. His family never had much money, but when Christmas morning came, Nelson just knew what was in that big box under the tree! He got his guitar and a chord sheet......and so it began.
That same year, 1986, Nelson found himself a keyboard player, changed the name of the band to "Northern Express", and had the busiest four years ever. Eventually the band broke up and Nelson found himself working again as a single act. In 1995, his entry into "The Y105 Talent Search" would win him first position on the Y105 Talent Search compilation CD. After that, Nelson was asked to appear on several local cable television shows such as The Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall Of Fame Awards Show, and the Ottawa Heart Institute Telethon.
Encouraged by the successful outcome of the Y105 Talent Search, Nelson tried to get another group together, but times had changed. Country music had changed, and the future didn't look too promising. One evening during a rehearsal, a band member suggested that Nelson bring his original material to well-known steel guitar player, and record producer, Al Bragg. Nelson made the call and Al listened to his material. The year was 2000, and with the help of Al Bragg, Nelson recorded and released his first two song CD. The music was traditional country with just a hint of the new sound. Nelson distributed his CD to country radio, and to his delight, his song "That Was Then, This Is Now" won first place for an entire week on country radio station BLAZE 96 FM in Cornwall, Ontario.