David Nelson Band - Once in a Blue Moon CD
David Nelson grew up playing and listening to music with Jerry Garcia, absorbing similar musical influences with his friend. His music draws from these influences with roots that spread from Americana to psychedelic without missing a beat. Along with Nelson's bandmates, roots and jam veterans, Barry Sless, Mookie Siegel, Pete Sears and John Molo, the David Nelson Band celebrates their twentieth year with the release of Once In A Blue Moon. The release features 8 Nelson compositions (one co-written with Garcia's lyricist Robert Hunter) a Pete Sears original, a Bill Monroe song, and a heavy instrumental dose of conversational, interactive improvisation by these roots-jam masters.
"The David Nelson Band embodies the Grateful Dead tradition of literate musical conversation, presenting sharp and engaging songs in a context of group improvisation. With 20 years of history and a unique collection of original songs, the DNB performs with a deeply satisfying comfort, warmth, and depth. It keeps all those American forms,bluegrass, blues and a little bit of jazz. They're people who listen to each other and sort of architect this music together as they go. They're my favorite band in the universe." -- David Gans, host of the nationally syndicated Grateful Dead Hour
"DNB is impossible to categorize. You've got your jazz, you've got your blues, you've got your country, and you have your acid rock, psychedelic or whatever. That's what I like about seeing the David Nelson Band. There's such variety--it's such a satisfying experience. They're basically my favorite band to see." -- Bob Minkin, rock photographer who's work has a appeared in Rolling Stone, Relix and Time Magazine