Episode 316. Raelyn Nelson- The Raelyn Nelson Band-Hometown Rising
As an emerging female country artist in Nashville, history suggests that the quickest path to success is somehow aligning oneself with one of the major publishers, producers, songwriters, labels, or managers at the heart of Music Row. So what do you do if you are an emerging female country artist in Nashville and happen to be the granddaughter of musical icon Willie Nelson?
You hook up with an independent producer and veteran of the rock/punk scene, write part Loretta Lynn, part Cheap Trick, and form the Raelyn Nelson Band.
Raelyn Nelson has been singing since she can remember. Having been raised on a steady diet of traditional country and gospel music, a gift from her grandpa in the form of a guitar during her teenage years was the inspiration she needed to begin writing her own country and folk songs.
Looking for a place to record these songs, a mutual friend suggested JB (Jonathan Bright), a veteran of the underground rock scene and independent producer. After recording some of these early songs, they wrote some things together and saw what happened. The result?
A completely fresh and original sound, a true hybrid referred to by some critics as “Country/Garage Rock.”
When they aren’t recording their songs or making music videos, they are on the road taking their high-energy live show to the people. Having shared the stage with such diverse musical acts as country superstar Tim McGraw, indie rock icons Drivin’ n Cryin’, and jam band supergroup Hard Working Americans, the RNB proves that you don’t have to fit neatly into any particular “genre” to find success.
“I don’t have any desire to be a ‘solo artist. Everyone in my family who plays music has always emphasized band chemistry, on stage, off stage, and in the studio. Our band can almost read each other’s minds. So why would I mess with that? We try to keep it simple: Write songs we like, record them, make a video, then go out and play them for people.”- Raelyn Nelson.