Ross Neilsen’s amazing drive

Ross Neilsen – The Woodshed Sessions no.16 from Roots Music Canada on Vimeo

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.

The result was enough spare change to make the new album with legendary Jim Dickinson (North Mississippi All Stars, Screaming Jay Hawkins, John Hiatt, Ry Cooder), at his Zebra Ranch in Mississippi.

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:

Ross Neilsen – DEVIL KNOWS from Roots Music Canada on Vimeo.

Ross Neilsen – JELLY BEAN from Roots Music Canada on Vimeo.

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  1. avatar
    David Newland 13 April, 2011 at 12:20

    Thanks both for your comments.

    Really sorry for the misspelling of Ross’s last name (we had Neilson instead of Neilsen.)

    It’s been fixed in the story and we’re fixing in the vids as soon as we’re able.

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    Tanya 13 April, 2011 at 13:04

    Awesome guy…great talent and a drive that people should take note of. I am sure we will see more and more of Ross…..

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    Katie MacDonald 13 April, 2011 at 14:49

    this was so nice to find today posted by Ross Neilsen, I will visit the site more often for news and updates on our talented artists across our country.


  4. avatar
    Eric Thom 18 April, 2011 at 15:07

    Whatever Ross starts off his day with….Tang, Screech, single Malt – I dunno. But I want some. Never have I seen more energy poured into such a sincere cause by Ross and his band-mates who are so into what they do and how they do it that they’re always well worth catching live. Indefatigable bastards – all of them.

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