Amy Nelson wears her sound on her sleeve – a sleeve featuring colourful old-timey fashions with updated touches, just like her songs grow from lively old fashioned bluegrass now sowed with modern moments. This banjo-centred music is straight-forward and open, cradling frequent must-hear lines like “Loving you was like losing a bet.” Her lyrics shine like a wedding ring thrown into the bottom of a well, surrounded by the darkness in which bluegrass sprouts.
Nelson came to her love of banjo and mid-1900s bluegrass in a modern way – she discovered the songs of Ola Belle Reed, who put her stamp on banjo stylings and Appalachian songs, online, and when she first held a banjo in her hands it was like holding a new life — her new life. Nelson wryly delivers songs about lovers leaving with hand clapping humour, then in the next song swirls the dipper into that ancient, universal stream of human heartache and uncertainty and bids us all to take a sip.
Biography by Mary-Lynn Wardle