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Artist: Beaver Nelson

Waxed - Record Review from Issue #70 July-August 2007

Beaver Nelson – Beaver Nelson’s Exciting Opportunity

BEAVER Nelson’s cover wink might well be a knowing one, with that open eye on the album’s bookends. For the onetime Austin wunderkind who took almost ten years to release his debut, opening with a song titled “Overnight Sensation” is a nicely ironic touch. The same can be said for the album-ending “Move Along (Show’s [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #54 Nov-Dec 2004

Beaver Nelson – Motion

Like a grand philosophical tablet rendered in miniature, Beaver Nelson’s fifth album slips by almost without being noticed. Nelson’s pithy melodies and fairly conventional roots-folk-rock (with splashes of power-pop) are not flashy, and the artist certainly wasn’t afforded the kind of recording budget his songs deserve. Instead, with sidekick Scrappy Jud Newcomb on guitar, Nelson [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #48 Nov-Dec 2003

Beaver Nelson / Jud Newcomb / Michael Fracasso / Adam Carroll – Six String Cafe (Cary, NC)

Shared connections in Central Texas brought these “Four Men From Now” (as they billed their tour) together, and their visit to the North Carolina Triangle’s premier listening room marked the end of a short southeastern US swing. These four songwriters are each very distinct in style and sound, but their combination is all the richer [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #43 Jan-Feb 2003

Beaver Nelson – Legends Of The Super Heroes

After being signed to major labels and not releasing anything for nearly ten years, Beaver Nelson appears to be making up for lost time. Legends Of The Super Heroes is his fourth disc in five years. While The Last Hurrah and Little Brother were hailed for being lyrically direct and full of life, his last [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #36 Nov-Dec 2001

Beaver Nelson – Undisturbed

The third record by Austin’s tousled scarecrow Beaver Nelson opens with “Mud River”, an easygoing shuffle anchored by George Harrison-style slide guitar, courtesy of producer Scrappy Jud Newcomb. With its subtle power-pop vibe, the song sets the tone for the entire album. Imagine a stripped-down, rough-hewn version of Squeeze or Crowded House, with a touch [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #31 Jan-Feb 2001

Beaver Nelson – Little Brother

The second album by Austin’s Beaver Nelson is a subtle charmer. Its scruffily rocking grooves are completely honest, with the opening two tracks, “Fallen Down” and “Your Little Girl” playing the congenial host, wooing you in through the door. Once he’s gotten your attention with the earthy honky-tonk bred riffs, Nelson dims the lights and [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #19 Jan-Feb 1999

Beaver Nelson – At last, his first

“I just wanted some kind of documentation of what I’ve done with the last seven years. And to not have anything — I mean, it’s hard to even consider yourself a legitimate part of any kind of music community or industry or whatever without something with your name on it that you can hand to [...]

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From the Blogs

  • The Post-Newport Earthquake: Watkins Family Hour
    Did you feel it? That's what everybody in Los Angeles asks each other whenever a shake or quake rattles and rolls through the valleys and flatlands. Sometimes there's just a release of pressure beneath the crust, and other times it's an up and down jolt that lasts only a second. And then you forget about it. Until the next time.  Sunday night […]
  • Chris Isaak's Life Beyond the Sun
    In 2011, Chris Isaak took the long overdue step of recording an album at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tenn. It wasn't just any album, it was faithful interpretations of classic songs by his musical mentors and heroes: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. It didn’t take much of a leap of imagination to predict that the album would be […]
  • Waylon, John Prine, Kinky, Gram Parsons ... Come Together
    Musicians & Movie Stars: Brief Encounters by W. Conrad This began as a foreword for a small collection of pictures and articles I am assembling for a book I plan to self-publish. As the memories piled on, the words accumulated into a short memoir and loose chronology of what happened in my life and on paper between 1967 and 1979. All of my No Depression […]
  • Dave & Phil Alvin & the Guilty Ones – Dakota Jazz Club (Minneapolis, Minn. – July 26, 2014)
    “My brother Dave is a triple threat and I’m so proud of him – singer, songwriter, and guitar player.” That’s what Phil Alvin told a July 26 sellout crowd at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, Minn. The show was winding down but fans were totally pumped as the Alvin brothers exchanged pleasantries and showed no sign of their famed sibling rivalry after Dave […]
  • Celebrating 40 Years of Schoolkids Records: An Interview with Owner Stephen Judge
    This year marks the 40th anniversary of Watergate. That's not really anything to celebrate, it's not an accomplishment, and what's that got to do with music? Nothing. It simply marks the inevitable passage of time. But, 2014 also marks the 40th anniversary of Raleigh, N.C.'s Schoolkids Records, which is an accomplishment and is definitely […]
  • Getting to Know The Levins, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists
    Huey Lewis and the News have been known to sing about “The Power of Love” but it was “The Power of Music” that brought Julia and Ira Levin together.  Their collaboration is a mighty one and it sure feels like it was a union that was truly meant to be.  As they state in the interview below, they are committed to making the world a happier place through their […]

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