Nelson Norwood
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"Nelson Norwood with Swamp Buck & The Kid: Live at SXSW, Austin, Texas" Guapa Records

Armed with one of the longest album titles around, Austin based rocker Nelson Norwood made inroads into Europe last year with his raw Stonesy riff driven Rock Blues. Last Years “Long, Loud & Sweaty” album recorded with the famed SRV rhythm section of Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon impressed in a kind of raw edged bar room band kind of way.

This live effort confirms that view, as Nelson and the rhythm section mentioned in the title get down to some sweaty Texas rocking blues. The whole thing sounds like it's straight off the desk, which is great in one way, as it sounds like you were there, but on the other hand the drums and bass fade in and out and Nelson’s guitar work is sometimes mixed too far back.

That said, there are a handful of his best songs here such as riff driven “Take You Home” and the barely concealed Keith Richards influenced “Dixie Cup”, while the closing celebratory James Oden shuffle “Feel So Good” rocks the house.

Overall Nelson Norwood isn’t going to break any new ground, but will appeal to people like me who remain suckers for riff driven Texas rocking blues.

Here are some audio clips from Live at SXSW:
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Take You Home
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Dixie Cup
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Feel So Good

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Nelson Norwood was number 10 in the February 2005 Playlist


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Click here to read the July 2003 Playlist review