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“The new four track EP, “Enough”, a roots music smorgasbord, is led by the defiant title track which kicks the set off in fine style, with Nelson rebelling against bureaucracy with themes of Social injustice and disparity between the rich and the poor.”
“One last shot of 2011, I promise. Here’s my semi-annual mix of songs I liked from albums released in the past 12 months - 7) Shawn Nelson, “Anna Lee,” San Juan Street”
“He's been bouncing around Austin since at least 2003. Still, no one would have picked Shawn Nelson to make one of this year's best country albums. San Juan Street finds the local working with some of the most sympathetic players he's ever had the pleasure of collaborating with while also demonstrating above-average writing skills.”
“The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shawn Nelson. What do they have in common? Anthems about being a free spirit. You undoubtedly know about Ramblin’ Man and Free Bird. In the case of Shawn Nelson, it’s Nobody Got A Hold On Me, the first track on his 4th release, San Juan Street. Stylistically the song is kind of a mash-up of Ryan Bingham and Old Crow Medicine Show. But it also has some southern rock roots. And it’s a good harbinger of the material to come on the album.”
“A prolific writer, Nelson manages to keep the message of his songs always out front, never buried by over production and random instrumentation. Great songs are usually deceptive, sounding very simple while at the same time resonating a complex measure of human emotion that’s always in the center with a great production that balances the song perfectly.”
“Shawn Nelson’s new cd is like a breath of fresh air”
"Shawn Nelson is a very talented songwriter and a great performer. See him Live when he appears in your town, I assure you the admission price will be money well spent…"
"Shawn’s style takes the listener back to a simpler time when the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker, Gary P Nunn, Michael Murphy and so many more were rebelling against the corporate machine and spawning “The Cosmic Cowboy Movement” of the 70’s…"
"Shawn is a singer/songwriter who mixes country, blues and rock – just perfect for an evening out"
"The music exudes the optimistic, laid-back nature of Nelson. Lyrics such as these promise comfort and relaxation despite the dreaded summer heat."
“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.”
“Nelson’s well-worn, salt-of-the-earth voice elevates him from singer to storyteller, infusing the narratives on the record with a kind of ragged grace under fire.”
"It’s Americana or Roots music, but whatever you want to call it, it definitely is Austin. It draws from all kinds of influences both black and white, and draws everyone together. It’s as hippie friendly as it is cowboy friendly, and the kids and grandparents will be there too.
"Nelson & the Ramblers just finished their debut self-titled CD and I think it’s purty darn good singer-songwriter roots rawk in the vien of Little Feat and fellow Texas hill country sage Todd Snider"
" These are no silly pop songs but rather real tunes with real meaning; Nelson’s lyrics captivate the listener as each song paints its own unique picture."
"These guys kick ass with the rythm sounds, and this album is for the kind of party people who like to just crank up the tunes, especially Live From Antone's! Check this album out to hear for yourself."
"If you're ready to knock a couple of beers back, then head to Mercury Lounge for the country-rock, honky tonk act Shawn Nelson & the Ramblers. You'll no doubt raise a longneck bottle to this rowdy act from Austin."