Group The Nelons - The Americana Sessions (2017)

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  1. D&L

    D&L Well-Known Member Staff Member Administrator


    Artist: The Nelons
    Album: The Americana Sessions
    Release Date: Nov 24, 2017
    Quality: 320 Kbps
    Style: Southern Gospel
    The latest release by The Nelons is an 11-song collection titled The Americana Sessions. Family themes run throughout and as the title implies, this is a collection of well-known American standards.

    The one new song is “Daddy And Son,” written by Jason Clark, Dony McGuire, and Reba Rambo-McGuire. This story of an estranged father and son forgiving each other features Jason, and is one of the more overtly gospel songs on the CD. Another song that was new to me, but has been recorded previously by Sonya Isaacs is “Battlefield.” The Nelon’s version is also a cappella.

    The rest are some of American music’s best known classics like “Gentle On My Mind,” “You Needed Me,” “Colors Of The Wind,” and “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” Of these, I particularly like how a full mix of instruments sets “Coat Of Many Colors” apart from Dolly Parton’s original version. Another highlight is “Oh Shenandoah” where Amber Thompson really shines on the vocal.

    I can’t predict whether The Americana Sessions will attract fresh fans to the Nelons. That being said, it’s great to see them embrace a concept other than Christmas and deliver something different than the typical collection of classics we’ve come to expect from practically all Southern Gospel groups. Production-wise, The Americana Sessions doesn’t scream “huge budget,” but it doesn’t scream “cheap” either. It’s a well-made CD with quality artwork and a concept that makes it particularly unique.

    1 Gentle on My Mind 3:41
    2 Colors of the Wind 3:17
    3 Coat of Many Colors 3:10
    4 You Needed Me 3:48
    5 Daddy and Son 4:34
    6 Bridge over Troubled Water 4:34
    7 Oh, Shenandoah 3:35
    8 Take Me Home, Country Roads 3:06
    9 An American Trilogy 4:44
    10 Mama Tried 2:16
    11 Battlefield 4:33

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