Ross Neilsen’s amazing drive
Ross Neilsen literally has the drive to succeed. He drove his act, Ross Neilsen and the Sufferin’ Bastards to five national tours, spanning 600 shows, in three years. Along the way, the New Brunswick bluesman won Best Blues Recording at the 2010 MusicNB awards, on top of a nomination for Best New Artist at The Maple Blues Awards in 2010, and back to back Blues Album of the Year nominations from the East Coast Music Association.
“Drive” describes both the Ross Neilsen getting where he’s going, and the means he uses to get there. To fund his fifth and latest CD, Redemption, Neilsen took a page from the boy scout handbook and mounted a bottle drive! He used his road van to haul bottles from donors across New Brunswick, cashing them in a dime at a time.
Sadly, Dickinson passed away in 2009, before the album could be completed – but within hours of his death, his son Cody Dickinson, three-time Grammy nominated producer and drummer for North Mississippi All-Stars, had agreed to step in and produce “Redemption.”
Recording with Dickinson put the tiger in Neilsen’s tank: Redemption is a gutsy, guitar-driven blues-rock record with firewater for fuel.
We met an artist gifted with great talent and tremendous tenacity in Episode 16 of The Woodshed Sessions, Ross Neilsen’s Amazing Drive.
Complete, exclusive Woodshed versions of three Ross Neilsen songs follow: