Paul Nelson, best known for his work with the Johnny Winter Band has taken to the road to promote his debut album, “Bad Ass Generation”, which was released earlier this month on SONY. His deep blues roots, or rock on steroids and unique guitar playing is heard throughout this album. Nelson also produced an upcoming documentary on Winter, “Down and Dirty”, which will be released internationally in March. A sneak peak of the documentary will be shown at Nelson’s show at the Regent Theatre in Arlington on Wednesday, February 24.
Paul Nelson will be performing with the Johnny Winter Band at the Regent with harp and New England blues legend, James Montgomery, a former band member. This is a new chapter in Nelson’s life. “Badass Generation” goes from classic rock to jam band, and from blues to pop rock. Nelson brought in the European version of, “The Voice”, Morten Fredheim on lead vocals, Chris Reddan on drums, Danny Louis on keyboards, and Christopher Alexander on bass.
Nelson told Examiner, “We’re very excited to play Johnny’s music in Arlington. We love the Boston area…the Regent was one of Johnny’s favorite venues. It’s also an added treat to show the documentary film at this show as well. It’s s out nationally on March 5, but the fans at this show will get to see it on the 24th. I have a personal connection with Massachusetts as I am an alumni of Berklee College of Music.
Johnny and I have had a lot of appreciative fans in the area over the years. I’m very happy that they are liking my new CD, Bad Ass Generation, which was just released this past week. It’s very reflective musically of the time I spent playing with Johnny. Where else can you get a movie on Johnny’s life and Johnny’s music all in one night…sadly, he’s not here with us, but this will be a show that celebrates Johnny’s life and his music. We’re looking forward to it.”
Winter passed away in 2014, and was considered one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”, according to Rolling Stone Magazine who ranked Winter at 63rd on the list. Back in the 1960’s and 70’s, he produced three Grammy winning albums for Muddy Waters, a blues singer and guitarist. The first was in 1977 called, “Hard Again”, in 1978, “I’m Ready”, and Muddy ‘Mississippi’ Waters in 1979. In 1988, he was the first non-African American to be inducted in to the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. Many of Winter’s own albums were nominated for Grammy Awards but, he didn’t receive a Grammy until his passing with, “Step Back” in 2015, which was produced by Nelson.
Nelson’s appeared as both guitarist and songwriter on Winter’s release, “I’m a Bluesman”, and a producer and performer on “Roots”. The Grammy winning album, “Step Back”, was a who’s who in the music industry. Winter’s was paired on recordings with Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Eric Clapton, Ben Harper and more. Nelson continues his musical road recording and touring the world over. Many of the Winter fans are watching and looking forward to this new journey for Nelson.