Drew Nelson is keeping some mighty heady, impressive company these days.
Goldmine Magazine just put the Grand Rapids singer-songwriter at No. 4 on its list of the top five can’t-miss folk acts that “you need to hear,” just behind Grammy stars Mumford & Sons and The Civil Wars, and singer Sarah Jarosz. Blue Note recording artist Amos Lee rounds out the list at No. 5.
The international magazine, touted as “the world largest marketplace for collectible records, CDs and music,” called Nelson’s recent debut on Red House Records, “Tilt-A-Whirl,” as “stacked back to back with songs that rail on about just how screwed up our country’s priorities are. His guitar-driven songs are no doubt influenced by his life in Michigan, the most economically troubled state in the union.”
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Nelson, who’ll be touring extensively behind his latest album over the next several months, called the honor “very humbling indeed.” See his tour schedule at his website.
And speaking of impressive lists, The Intersection in Grand Rapids has made the grade yet again via Pollstar. The Intersection was ranked by the concert industry magazinst as No. 16 out of the Top 50 club venues worldwide.
This is the highest Pollstar ranking ever achieved by The Intersection, which previously has been listed in the top 50 venues for several years. General manager Scott Hammontee called it “a good feeling to see it recognized on an international level.”
A veteran journalist and former music writer for The Grand Rapids Press, John Sinkevics is editor and publisher of LocalSpins.com, profiling regional artists and commenting on West Michigan's music scene. He hosts "Local Spins Live" on News Talk 1340 AM in Grand Rapids at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, with a preview at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays on WLAV-FM (96.9). He also hosts the hour-long "Local Spins on WYCE" at 11 a.m. Fridays on WYCE-FM (88.1).
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