Nellie Wilson / Bio

Nellie Wilson was born to unwed parents in a trailer in an unincorporated town in rural Wisconsin and grew up in unincorporated towns within a 20 mile radius of that first town. Ms. Wilson eventually made her way to the big city... yep, Madison, Wisconsin. It was there she met her future bandmates.

The band has been through several incarnations and currently usually consists of vocals, guitar, upright bass and fiddle, with some piano thrown in. The upcoming album will be quite different from the first one.

Ms. Wilson and Rusty Shackleford began writing country songs in November of 2009. Their shared affection for menthol cigarettes, shitty canned beer and all things tasteless helped the two craft songs through which Ms. Wilson’s beautiful voice shined and the listener’s mental state dimmed.

Dancin’ Doc Franklin and Ms. Wilson met at a private university where they were both book-learnin’ about music theories. During breaks from practicing voice leading and writing Neapolitan sixth chords, the Dancin’ Doc (so named because he can diagnose and treat any song with his prescribed guitar riffs and do a jig at the same time) and Ms. Wilson wrote country ditties together in the cafeteria.

With his natural ability to pick up on something good and drive it to be something great, Jed caught wind of the forming band and offered to them the only pounding service of his that would not land him in jail in 37 US states, his wonderful drumming.

Nellie Wilson and the Hellbound Honeys played their first show in January 2010. Many shows followed and almost exactly one year later, on January 5th, 2011, the band released its debut album, Taking the “O” Out of Country. Following the album's release, the band introduced themselves to the American Midwest with a short winter tour.
Each and every member of the band cut his or her musical teeth in punk bands. The band’s writing is influenced by everything from art music to classic country and metal which helps the band elicit a truly unique and interesting form of country music unlike anything propagated by popular “country” radio or television today.

Wilson and Krause (Fiddle) met at the same private university as the Dancin' Doc, where they sang in choir together. They were fast friends and musical buddies. Tapola (guitar) came in from a previous music project with Wilson and everything started to make sense. The sound is unique. Stay tuned!

General Info

Band Members
Nellie Wilson - Guitar/Piano/Mandolin/Vocals, Ruthie Krause - Fiddle/Vocals, Brian Tapola - Guitar
Artist Name
Nellie Wilson
Profile Page
Active Since
Country / Classic Country / Outlaw

Contact Info

Madison, WI