Drew Nelson's love of blues and roots music started early and by 16 he was playing professionaly in the Ottawa area.
The Drew Nelson Band was formed in 1989 and soon began touring throughout Canada gaining fans and critical acclaim. In 1990 the compilation album 'Saturday Night Blues' featuring the song 'Nothin' To Show' landed a Juno Award. During the early '90's the band also toured and recorded with Canada’s iconic blues pioneer Dutch Mason. The album You Can’t Have Everything was nominated for a Juno award and material written by Nelson for this project has been included in anniversary compilations from the excellent Stony Plain Records label. Nelson’s music has also been featured on film soundtracks and television productions including the series ‘DaVinci's Inquest’. Nelson and his group have often opened for or shared the stage with blues headliners such as B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many others.* (*This is not to suggest that the band performs with dead people...this is a very old bio.)
'Drew Nelson is one of Canada's truly gifted and original blues influenced artists performing today. His live shows are infused with his amazing slide guitar work, gritty vocals and a great sense of humour that leaves an audience with the feeling that they've made a new friend. The quality of his song writing and recorded work are on a par with the best of its kind, anywhere.'