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by John Nelson

The follow up to 2008's “Tengo Ranchito” (“Best of 2008 Americana Records”), Vagabond takes you on a musical journey, part travelogue with stories from Oklahoma, New Mexico, and the Carolinas, part love song, and part wistful remembrance.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Vagabond
3:37 $0.99
2. There's No Right Way to Do Me Wrong
3:37 $0.99
3. By the Light of the Moon
4:33 $0.99
4. Medicine Creek
7:30 $0.99
5. Waltz Indigo
4:59 $0.99
6. I Found Myself in You
5:02 $0.99
7. Waiting for the Weekend
3:51 $0.99
8. Jezebel
4:11 $0.99
9. My Sweet Love
4:19 $0.99
10. Oklahoma Saturday Night
3:39 $0.99
11. Freefalling
4:46 $0.99
12. If You Were Here Today
3:09 $0.99
13. 'til My Work Is Done
3:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
Vagabond contains infectious grooves, tasteful arrangements and pristine production. Containing 13 self-penned originals, it carves out musical territory from the folk-grass inspired “My Sweet Love” to the swampy “Waiting For The Weekend”. “Medicine Creek”, recounting the treaty signing of 1854 with Native tribes received a Woodyfest songwriting competition honor. “Oklahoma Saturday Night” paints the picture of a dance in Americas’ heartland with twin fiddles and sweet harmonies. “There’s No Right Way To Do Me Wrong” lays down a blues swagger with honky-tonk piano and an Epiphone Zephyr cranked through a Fender Vibrolux. Character driven narratives like Jezebel relate another time and place in an old mill town and “By The Light” portrays a gentle remembrance, complete with a lilting string trio.

Musicians contributing their considerable talents to Vagabond include “International Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame Inductee” Doug Jernigan (Johnny Paycheck, Vassar Clements), fiddle ace Barbara Lamb (Asleep At The Wheel, Sweethearts Of The Rodeo), blues fiddler Jon Parry (Danny Barnes, Hank Williams Jr.) singers Jane Milford & Tammy Frost, drummer Chris Leighton, Murl Sanders (keyboards) and the Grammy nominated Native American Flute player
Gentle Thunder.

Whether a sweet love song, a tale of jilted love or a simple unadorned prayer, you’ll want to visit the road Vagabond travels again and again.



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File under; Americana Folk. Listen carefully.
What do Robert Cray, The Posies and King Sunny Ade have in common? They've all been produced or had albums engineered by John Nelson. Now there's a thing.

Nelson's latest album brings his considerable talents to bear on his own songs and excellent they are too. What I specifically like about this album is the variety. Nelson brings in the Native American flute player Gentle Thunder on the epic 'Medicine Creek' which provides a rich ambiance that evokes the sun kissed plains of Arizona or New Mexico.

'There's No Right Way To Do Me Wrong' swaggers with its blues vibe and honky tonk piano and instrumental 'Waltz Indigo' sways gently in the breeze. 'Oklahoma Saturday Night' brings in a tiny bit of bluegrass; but not too much - we don't want that do we? And 'til My Work Is Done' is a simple prayer set to a resonator guitar - no more. Simple is good. Oh yes. 'I Found Myself In You' may not be the most perfectly sung song ever, but that's part of its charm. 'Waiting For The Weekend' also demonstrates Nelson's unwillingness to reach perfection with his vocal range, but again it's all the better for it. There are 13 self penned songs on "Vagabond" and they're all unique in the way they've been written and presented. I'm not going to list them all here, but I recommend you get a copy of the CD and check them out for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Reviewers Score: 9 out of 10