& the Company
Colorado based country-blues musician, Earl Nelson, is reinvigorating the field of modern americana-roots music. Influenced by everything from early 20th century hill country blues & bluegrass to the groovy 1970's era country funk. Writing about the working class American, Earl's lyrics are heavily inspired by his time working in manual labor as a welder. Focusing in on ongoing labor rights struggles, the music and lyrics behave without genre boundaries.
Born and raised in Eastern Kansas, Earl picked up the guitar through an obsession with the likes of Skip James, Son House, & Charley Patton. After years of playing desert blues in Austin, TX, Earl has found a home in Colorado with a group of great musicians that move freely through genres to make for a unique lively rolling sound. Earl Nelson & the Company have emerged to create a funky blend of Mississippi delta blues, Mo-town soul, and bluegrass country. The band infuses blues banjo, jazz keys, funky basslines, and heavy percussion to back Earl's gritty vocals and slide guitar. With a large helping of gospel blues riffs and New Orleans piano solos, their live sound turns any stage into an old-fashioned juke joint.
Main influences & listening recommendations: Taj Mahal, The Band, Canned Heat, Snooks Eaglin, Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, Link Wray, The Allman Brothers