Drew Nelson in Concert Conversations at Emerson House Nov. 2

Drew Nelson

Online Staff Report

Drew Nelson will be the featured performer in Concert Conversations at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Emerson House, 420 N. Main St. The event is hosted by Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts and Snapshotmusic.

The mission of Concert Conversations is to give the artist a comfortable (and acoustically delicious) space with professional sound and lighting in which to share with an attentive and intelligent audience, the passion of the art that drives him/her.

Every generation has its poets; the writers, musicians and lyricists who capture the spirit and longings of their time; those who give expression to our own personal memories and dreams as though they know us. They tell our stories, giving us the words we need to celebrate or let go. That is the soil in which singer/songwriter Drew Nelson has been toiling.

Legendary songwriter John Gorka said, “Drew’s songs sound like the rest of us feel. His characters are anything but defeated. They are dazed, angry, amazed and climbing.”

Early on, every writer has to decide whether to try to get at the truth or just blather,” said Signature Sounds recording artist Peter Mulvey. “As you encounter the characters on this record, (Dusty Road to Beulah Land), it becomes clear that Drew Nelson has dedicated and re-dedicated himself to getting at real human stories. Some of these characters are him, and some are people he knows, and all their stories let us know that Drew is standing in the Midwestern cold, seeing and telling as clearly as he can.”

Drew grew up in Michigan but escaped the narrow confines of his small-town, Midwestern upbringing by joining the Navy and traveling the world. He was able to see first hand what was really happening in the world, and come home with fresh eyes to appreciate the realities of life in America. These experiences provided insight and understanding that have found an outlet in songs filled with discovery, revelation and hope.

Nelson is now expanding his love of music to the creation of the instruments he plays. He has just finished making his first guitar, and hopes to start a tradition of building and signing one a year to auction off for charity. In addition to giving back to us through his music, Nelson is involved in many community-based efforts to educate the next generation and make our world a better place to live. He lives what he writes.

Concert Conversations is a new concert series with the theme “Recorded Live for Broadcast.” These are live sessions consisting of a straight 60- to 75-minute set with no intermission, on a weeknight starting at 6 p.m. The public is invited to hear it in a beautiful acoustic room with seating limited to 80 people at a cost of $10 per ticket. Refreshments will be available. Sign up for e-nouncements at www.Snapshotmusic.com.

For more information, call (815) 964-2238 or visit www.Snapshotmusic.com.

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