April 12, 2019 7:30 pm

John Nelson and acoustic guitar“A mix of Neil Young and Bob Dylan, and for me there may be Eagles in a pinch. Country and Folk are mixed together with beautiful poetic texts and these are from the pen of John himself…you should go into a club where there is respect for songwriters like him or by the fireplace with a glass of wine.” – Rootsville

Nelson picked up his first guitar at age 14 and has been playing in solo and group settings ever since. His playing is rooted in blues, folk and country. He attended The Port Townsend Summer School of The Arts and the University of Washington as well as studying privately with guitar teachers Al Turay and Joe Pass. Along the way he worked a number of blue collar jobs, including a lumber mill, steel fabrication plant, a county hospital and the Post Office. In 1971 he began an audio engineering apprenticeship at major Los Angeles recording studios and went on to found his own commercial studio in 1978, attracting a diverse clientele including Nigerian superstar King Sunny Ade (Grammy nomination), The Posies, Soundgarden, Robert Cray, Dave Frishberg, Bob Dorough, Brian Bowers and hundreds of other artists.

John can be found performing at brew pubs, wineries, coffee houses and folk festivals. He teaches privately and is currently in the studio completing new works.