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Subject: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Deckman
Date: 28 Apr 07 - 10:18 PM

At the tender age of 70, I have finally released my first CD! It was a labor of love and a lot of fun. And with the production skills of Stewart Hendrickson, it came out quite well.

The CD is titled: "SONGS I SING AFTER DARK."

Here's the song list: COTTON EYED JOE, I COME FOR TO SING, JOHN HARDY, BILLY THE KID, JESSE JAMES, DELIA'S GONE, OLD SETTLER, SKAMOKAWA GIRL, OLD SOD SHANTY (Northwest version), HOUSEWIFE'S LAMENT, CLE ELUM GIRL, STAR OF BANNACK, LOUISE, MARY ANNE, PETER AMBERLY, PIRATE SERENADE, WALKER IN THE SNOW, THE LITTLE LAND, THE TROUBADOR SONG, WARP & REELING, MRS. MacDONALD'S LAMENT, LAST LETTER HOME, WANDERING AENGUS, CAPE ANNE.

Background notes are included.

It'a available in the U.S. for $15, shipping included. Just PM me. CHEERS, Bob Nelson, Everett, Washington


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 29 Apr 07 - 09:41 AM

Congratulations Bob. Its about time. I will order one today.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Apr 07 - 10:24 AM

Bob-

I'll start saving for one today.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 29 Apr 07 - 02:08 PM

Bob,

I definitely want to order one, but can't do PM's. Send one to Katlaughing and she can forward it to me----please.(need address to send a check to.)
It looks to be filled with some grand songs! Right down my alley! Star of Bannock is a beaut -- a favorite for many years.
All the best,
Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 29 Apr 07 - 02:10 PM

I MEANT SEND A PM WITH THE INFO TO KAT L. --- NOT the CD.
Art


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Deckman
Date: 29 Apr 07 - 02:26 PM

Got it Art. I'll do just that! Bob


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: kendall
Date: 29 Apr 07 - 02:38 PM

I'll send my address via PM.

I see we have similar tastes in music. My new one will also have Last Letter Home, and possibly, Jesse James.


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Deckman
Date: 29 Apr 07 - 02:49 PM

I suspect that you'll find my version of Jesse James pretty interesting. By the way, we share another ballad in commen: "Palace Grand." That will be on my next CD. Bob


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Apr 07 - 04:29 PM

Now that I know about this (missed it earlier!) I will be saving up for one, too. Ought to be able to order it later in May.

Artdarlin'...just emailed you the info from Bob.:-)

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: emjay
Date: 29 Apr 07 - 04:55 PM

A great cd!
I wish I had started this thread myself. I have the cd and I love it. It is easy to listen to, great to sing along with, and since I know most of the songs or some version of them it moved to the top of my favorites list right away.
I am just sorry it is Bob's first cd. He should have many out by this time in his career. I have been listening to it since I found this thread and tried again to see if there is any one song on it to recommend. No, there are 'way too many really wonderful ones. Cotton-Eyed Joe -- The Old Settler -- Little Old Log Cabin --- Skamokawa Girl (try saying that, let alone sing it!) -- Walker in the Snow. And all the rest of them.
Martie
PS The Weavers do that version of Jesse James. Bob moves in very good company. Now it's going to be running through my head for at least the rest of this day.


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: mg
Date: 29 Apr 07 - 10:10 PM

Who wrote Skamokowa girl? Have I heard it? mg


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Deckman
Date: 29 Apr 07 - 10:17 PM

I'll be VERY surprised if you've heard it! Bob (but you could have heard it in Skamokowa last November). Bob


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Apr 07 - 10:28 PM

Well, apart from the great guitar work, the fine singing, the excellent choice of songs, the superior arrangements, and the overall good music, I'd have to rate it as about average for this sort of recording.


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 29 Apr 07 - 11:09 PM

Bob--Kat,

I got the address! The Czech'll be in the male tomorrow!!

Art


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 30 Apr 07 - 12:30 AM

Bob sent me a copy a couple of weeks ago, and I really enjoyed it. Good old American songs, well sung. Some nice stories, too.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: ranger1
Date: 30 Apr 07 - 12:28 PM

Cool, Bob! Yet another CD to add to my list of things I'm going to treat myself to when I have more than two pennies to rub together.


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: open mike
Date: 30 Apr 07 - 03:11 PM

count me in!!
can you do pay pal?
Laurel


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Deckman
Date: 30 Apr 07 - 05:25 PM

Laurel, just PM me your mailing address and I'll mail it tomorrow. Throw me a check, or some cash in an envelope. Bob


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: SINSULL
Date: 30 Apr 07 - 07:28 PM

Not sure what I did other than have a school girl crush on Old Walt -but I got mine. I too am shocked that this is Bob's first CD. He has a beautiful voice and his choice of songs is wonderful.

Mrs. MacDonald's Lament. Last Letter Home and Cape Ann. All favorites of mine. Had you asked me what to record I would have mentioned all three. My opinion - Bob gets this song right, better than Gordon himself. All the frustration, anger and bitterness is there and all Bob does is sing the song.

Then The Troubedour Song. SIGH...you couldn't know it but I was wooed with this one, gave my heart and he went off with a F**kin' nurse. I have tried to find a recording of this for years. I guess Burl Ives did it. Thanks...I think.

Jesse James deserves at least fifty more verses - Jesse seen thru his woman's eyes. I plan to write a few myself.

Delia's Gone is just a little bit different. In fact all of these songs are just a bit different. Bob adds without taking away - I mean that the song takes center stage, not Bob. Wonderful stuff.

Louise - WOW! "Women like Louise get by" I will learn this one.

Mary Anne has been among my favorites since I was a girl. The Ian and Silvia classic. I have to remember to sing it at the Press Room.

Peter Amberly - I know this as something else. Help! "The Cockie at Bungeree"?

Wandering Aengus is new to me (as are a number of others). Suits Bob's voice perfectly. He nails this one.

This will stay on the multi-CD player with Beginner's Luck and the Boarding Party for a long time to come.

What have you planned for CD#2? And when are you coming east for a tour?

SINS


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: SINSULL
Date: 30 Apr 07 - 07:46 PM

My opinion = Mrs. MacDonald's Lament.


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Deckman
Date: 30 Apr 07 - 07:49 PM

Gordon Bok writes from his soul. It's a pure honor to sing his songs. Bob


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 30 Apr 07 - 07:59 PM

Bob my check did indeed go out to you today -- Monday April 30th.

Also included is a copy of a SELF PRODUCED CD BOOTLEG of some of my stuff that I put together for our 2 granddaughters. Some is from old issued recordings of mine. Mostly it's stuff from live shows of the past.

It's all kid-friendly--at least that was my intention.

Art


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Deckman
Date: 30 Apr 07 - 08:09 PM

Kittos Art! (that's Finnish for much thanks). "Bride Judy" mailed of your copy this morning, as well as copies to everyone else that contacted me by PM. Bob


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 30 Apr 07 - 08:52 PM

Yeah, Bob's recording of Paul Siebel's "Louise" was a pleasant surprise. I've loved that song since I heard the Bonnie Raitt recording. I thought I should work it up to sing myself, but didn't think I could hold a candle to Bonnie Raitt.

But now that I've heard a "normal" person like Bob sing it and do it well, maybe I can do it.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: SINSULL
Date: 30 Apr 07 - 08:59 PM

One last thought...look at the pictures. No scruffy folksinger here. heh heh


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Jon Bartlett
Date: 30 Apr 07 - 10:12 PM

I don't know, Bob, maybe this CD is a bit premature, if you know what I mean. :) Congrats and I'd love to get a SIGNED copy from you at Folklife next month.

Jon Bartlett


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 30 Apr 07 - 10:49 PM

I'd love a copy, too, Bob

will you be selling thru CD-baby? or similar?

or maybe I can arrange to get a copy thru a US catter friend

sandra


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Deckman
Date: 30 Apr 07 - 10:49 PM

Jon ... I just PM'd you. Bob


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: mg
Date: 30 Apr 07 - 11:26 PM

Ha ha I have heard him in person many times but unfortunately I was so distracted by his utter handsomeness that I forgot to listen intently to the music. mg


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Deckman
Date: 30 Apr 07 - 11:59 PM

Sandra ... I just PM'd you. Bob


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 May 07 - 09:19 AM

Huh! Just because he sings and plays well, just because he arranges well and chooses his stuff well, everybody wants one of his CDs. Well, I've had one for a couple weeks and you know what? It's NOT as good as you think! No! If you look at the picture on the label you'll see quite clearly that his pants are badly ripped in a most embarassing spot. You have to look closely because in the picture he's facing you.

Now, if I ever do a CD I'll be sure to have the rip plainly visible. In fact, my album, unlike Bob's, will be a total rip.


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 01 May 07 - 10:39 AM

No, no, no!

Take about fifty safety pins and close that rip.

Then, when the spotlight hits those, the darkened concert hall will be bathed with scads of star-like beautifully diffused and differentiated beams of light playing all over the ceiling and walls of said gathering hall. It will be absolutely psychedelic!

As Ed Murrow would/might say, "I can see it now!!!"

Art


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 May 07 - 11:49 AM

And when those safety pins pop open you'll hear notes you've never heard before. Maybe some new lyrics, sort of, too. I promise it.


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: GUEST,SINSULL at work
Date: 01 May 07 - 01:08 PM

Rapaire,
Why exactly were your eyes drawn t that spot in the first place? A long repressed ache for the Deckman? An obsession with folkies' private parts? Boredom?


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Deckman
Date: 01 May 07 - 05:12 PM

MY GAWD ... You folks ALL have   w a a a a y   too much time on your hands! Bob


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Don Firth
Date: 01 May 07 - 09:06 PM

There is a well-known female singer—perhaps she's more specifically country than folk—who, judging from comments I've read here on Mudcat, is a real favorite of a lot of people. She's very attractive, and although she's not a kid anymore, she's "maturing" beautifully, she's most lovely to look upon, and her voice is a pleasure to listen to.

But half of the time, I can't tell what in hell the woman is singing. I recognize the songs okay; she's right on pitch. And her voice is lovely. But she mush-mouths the words. And, unfortunately, she is not the only one.

And what does this have to do with Bob's CD?

Bob and I have known each other for fifty-four years, and we've been singing with each other and at each other off and on for most of that time. I didn't really notice this about Bob's singing at first because it sort of sneaks up on you. I don't think I have ever heard Bob sing a song where I didn't hear and understand all the words. Every one of them. Bob's enunciation is as good as it gets. Precise, clean, crisp, and clear.

But here's the real beauty of it:   You don't notice it! It's not as if he's obviously taken elocution lessons ("How now, brown cow?") or sings in stage-English. He just speaks and sings clearly.

Bob tells how Bill Higley, his folk music mentor when he was thirteen or so, would stop him in the middle of a song, saying, "What? What was that? I can't hear the words!" and make him sing it over and over again until he was satisfied. And Bob got it. He probably doesn't even have to think about it anymore. He just does it. Second nature.

Add to this his smooth, rich baritone voice and a range of songs that encompasses everything from what might be called the "standard folk repertoire" to an occasional country song to Woody Guthrie songs to John Denver when the spirit moves him, and back around the horn again, occasionally surprising me with songs I've never heard him do before—or never even heard before. He's got a couple of those on this CD.

Bob dropped by a few weeks back and presented me with a copy (thank you, sir!) and I've listened to it about umpteen times since then. When you get your copy, pour yourself a cuppa coffee or tea. Or a beer, or a glass of wine. Then kick back and prop your feet up. This is a casual and pleasantly relaxed CD, and Bob gives you the "program notes" as he goes along. It's like spending an evening with him, either at an informal house concert, or just sitting and swapping songs with him.

I'm looking forward to the next one, Bob.

By the way:   easy does it, ladies (and others. . . .).   Bob's married to the lovely Judy.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: frogprince
Date: 01 May 07 - 09:34 PM

Funny thing, Don, but Emmy Lou Harris seems to be like that sometimes, too...: )
Do you think I'd spend 15 good bucks just on the word of a bunch of you clowns here?




...yeah, guess I will...


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 May 07 - 09:52 PM

No, no -- the rip's on the side AWAY from you.


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Don Firth
Date: 01 May 07 - 10:22 PM

Funny you should pick up on Emmy-Lou, frogprince. . . .

God, I love that woman's singing, but I just wish she wouldn't mumble the words!

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Deckman
Date: 01 May 07 - 10:38 PM

I sure wish I had hair like she does! Oh ... wait a minute ... I think I do! Bob


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Don Firth
Date: 02 May 07 - 03:44 PM

I hate to break this to you, Bob, but she has quite a bit more hair than you have*.

And . . . well . . . it does look better on her.

Don Firth

*But then, look who's talking about "more hair. . . ."


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Deckman
Date: 02 May 07 - 04:02 PM

I've ALWAYS known that you have very GOOD taste ... Barbara, Ellen, Joanie, Patti ... shall I continue? Bob


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 02 May 07 - 04:04 PM

Don,

I totally agree with you on Emmylou. I find her unlistenable because she completely chops off hard consonants at the ends of words. It's one of my pet peeves. Other singers that do that are unlistenable for me too.

Art


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Don Firth
Date: 02 May 07 - 06:54 PM

Yeah, Art, I've often wondered why a friend doesn't take her aside and put a word in her ear. They'd be doing her and her fans a big favor.

Well, lemme see, now. . . .

Joan!? Oh, no! If you're referring to the dark-haired, steamy Joan I'm thinking of (uh. .  .  no, this Joan was not a singer, in case anybody. . . .). I'd sooner get entangled in a pit of rattlesnakes!

But there was Pat G., Nancy S., Claire H., Mary Lou G., Ellen. C., Jane P. and Jane C., Bonnie O., Carol G., Lola L., Marcia H., Karin S., Luanne B., Tedi V., and. . . .

. . . of course, the lovely Patti.   Beautiful, intelligent, and a singer-guitarist. . . .   All of those guys drooling and panting and hitting on her. I didn't. Not that I didn't think about it, mind you. But a) I regarded her as a dear friend, and b) if I'd done the same drooling, panting, and hitting on her as everyone else, I would have been just another one of the thundering herd. So—I backed off and was just her friend. Maybe I missed out. But I wound up probably spending more time with her than almost anybody else, particularly that long line of lustful Lotharios.

And then, along came Barbara. Thirty years of wedded bliss.

Yeah, I guess I do have a pretty good eye.

Life is good!

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 08 May 07 - 12:44 AM

Bob,

I got it!!! Thanks. Great to hear so many old favorites. An old style balladeer in the same camp as Paul Clayton, Sam Hinton and even moi. I'm glad to have it sir.
All the best,

Art


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Stewart
Date: 08 May 07 - 02:12 PM

Bob, it looks like we're going to have to crank up the old CD-burner and burn another 50 copies. And as for Vol. 2, the microphones are set up and waiting for you.

Cheers, S. in Seattle


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: GUEST,SINS at work
Date: 09 May 07 - 01:08 PM

Funny - I thought of Paul Clayton too.


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Deckman
Date: 09 May 07 - 05:21 PM

I wonder if Paul Clayton was ever told just how much he sounds like ME! Bob


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 11 May 07 - 10:38 AM

Wow, I just listened to Bob's CD and it is GREAT!!! I'm looking forward to sharing some songs with Bob when I come down to Seattle next week. Anyhone who enjoys wonderful folk music and terrific stories needs to get this CD. So scrape together your pennies and order one for your CD collection, you will enjoy it.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: frogprince
Date: 11 May 07 - 12:33 PM

Well, it took a bit, after someone in the Postal Service stomped on the first copy Bob sent, but I got to hear the guy.
I don't know Paul Clayton. But I don't think Bob sounds any better than Cisco Houston would have, had he lived another 30 years, and his voice remained strong and mellowed just right all the while. If you don't quite get what I mean there, you haven't seen me leaning back, blissed out, listening to Cisco. My wife's reaction was pretty straightforward: "He has a beautiful voice".

I have no idea whether Bob can do "flashy" guitar playing, but he plays fine accompaniement, and obviously knows how much is just enough for this kind of songs.

If any of you are still deciding about this one, GO FOR IT.
                           Dean.


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Deckman
Date: 11 May 07 - 01:45 PM

Dean and Mike,

I much appreciate your kind words. Dean, I thought I'd speak to your "flashy guitar" mention:

I've never wanted to be a "flashy guitar" player, and in that I have succeeded. I was trained, by the late Bill Higley, that the SONG was what folk music was all about. The story ... the story ... always the story. He raised me to "never let the guitar get in the way of the song." And in that regard, I think I do succeed. Again, thanks muchly. Bob


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: kendall
Date: 12 May 07 - 12:55 PM

I just finished listening to Bob's CD, and I must comment. You know how I hate to talk...:-)

Anyway, this is done in my favorite method, that is, one voice and one instrument. That's a folk singer.

I hadn't heard the Nightingale's song in all of 50 years! I learned it from Buryl Ives and for years I thought he and I were the only ones who knew it.

Excellent selection too.
Last but not least, the diction. That is so important, especially in a folk or trad. song.

Come on folks, buy this so he can make another!

I personally knew the woman Gordon sang about in Mrs. McDonald's Lament. When I was in the Warden Service her husband was a lobsterman who never quite made it, and it was a sad family.


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Acme
Date: 14 May 07 - 11:50 PM

Bob,

Child support arrived today, so grin and Bear it--the Czech is in the Male. :)

Maggie (the correct address is on the envelope)


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Deckman
Date: 15 May 07 - 10:32 AM

It's in the mail, Maggie! Bob


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: frogprince
Date: 16 May 07 - 11:08 PM

refreshify


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Acme
Date: 17 May 07 - 10:43 PM

It got here this afternoon! Good! Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 May 09 - 03:49 PM

There's a nice article about Bob at heraldnet.com:

    Published: Friday, May 22, 2009

    Retired Everett carpenter now hammers out folk songs

    By Julie Muhlstein
    Herald Columnist

    Bob Nelson gets up early. By 4 a.m., he's often at work in his home office, which has so much equipment it looks like a recording studio. At 72, he's making good on a promise.

    "It's a promise I made to myself years ago," said Nelson, a folk singer who lives in Everett with his wife, Judy.

    I visited Nelson on Wednesday to see in person what keeps him so busy. He had sent e-mail explaining his efforts: "I started learning, collecting and singing folk songs when I was 13," he wrote. Now retired from his work as a carpenter, Nelson has time to devote to preserving the music he loves.

    "I'm converting over 300 reel-to-reel tape recordings from analog to digital CDs. I also have over 400 cassette recordings," he said. "It's a long process. I've been at it seriously about five months, and have burned up four tape recorders."

    Past meets future at Nelson's house, where shelves are loaded with boxes of old tapes. He also has a treasure trove of vinyl records, and a turntable to help him save the Northwest's vintage folk music for future generations.

    He has yet to find a proper repository -- a university, library or music organization -- for the archives he's creating, which also include short biographies Nelson is writing about performers. "My goal is to preserve this material so that 50 or 100 years from now, some future researcher will have these songs available," he said. "Otherwise, they will die with me."

    Traditional folk music is alive in his heart, and it's a big part of his history. In the 1950s and '60s, Nelson was caught up in the spirited folk scene in Seattle's University District. He performed around the region at hootenannies -- he calls them "hoots" -- jam sessions, coffeehouses and college concerts.

    Back then, Nelson would haul with him a 60-pound Webcor reel-to-reel tape recorder, capturing performances of folk legends and obscure artists. "It was a working tool, that reel-to-reel. I'd take it to a hoot, then listen and practice," he said.

    Nelson was an original and active member of the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society, founded in 1953 by the late Walt Robertson, Don Firth and others. In recent years, Nelson, Firth and Stewart Hendrickson have revived the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society (www.pnwfolklore.org). The group has sponsored folk music performances at the Everett Public Library and other venues.

    "I'm having a lot of fun," said Nelson, who in 2007 recorded "Songs I Sing After Dark," a CD collection of traditional songs that includes "The Old Settler," the Ivar Haglund ballad that was printed on Ivar's restaurant place mats.

    "I had basically hung it up for about 40 years while I was making a living and being a father," Nelson said of singing and performing. He's been happy to reconnect with artists he knew years ago. Today's folk scene "is very active," he said.

    Although Nelson was among the founders of the Northwest Folklife Festival, he said he won't be at this weekend's event. Held annually over Memorial Day weekend at the Seattle Center, the festival has grown too big and too far from its roots for Nelson's taste. "I avoid it like the plague," he said.

    That's not to say Nelson hasn't rubbed shoulders with folk music giants. The night Joan Baez played at the Seattle World's Fair in 1962, Nelson said Baez and a friend didn't want to stay at a downtown hotel. They ended up in the Seattle home of Nelson and his first wife, he said.

    And Pete Seeger? "I talked to Peter about two weeks ago," Nelson said of the 90-year-old folk legend.

    At home in Everett, Nelson feels blessed to have played a part in the Northwest's folk legacy. He's proud of himself for learning computer skills needed to save the music -- the songs of David Spence, Bill Higley, Walt Robinson and many more. "I was a carpenter and folk singer, and I had to become a techie," Nelson said.

    He figures that compiling CDs, cross-indexing songs performed by several singers, and writing biographies will take at least two years.

    "We don't want the music to die with us," Nelson said. "I can't die till it's done."


    © 2009 The Daily Herald Co., Everett, WA


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Deckman
Date: 22 May 09 - 04:15 PM

One minor correction ... I didn't "Talk" with Pete two weeks ago, I sent him a note. CHEERS, bob


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Don Firth
Date: 22 May 09 - 05:43 PM

Thanks for posting that, Joe.

Great picture of Bob in the article (taken--um--a couple of years ago).

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Deckman
Date: 22 May 09 - 06:22 PM

Don ... that's me in the lower picture! When son Chris saw that picture he said: "Jeeze ... what happened?"


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Acme
Date: 22 May 09 - 07:57 PM

Children can be unkind, Bob. But we're probably harder on ourselves than anyone else is about our aging looks. :)


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release!
From: Deckman
Date: 22 May 09 - 08:45 PM

I just realized that the "on-line" version only had one picture of me taken when I was about 19. The printed version also had me as I look today ... an amazing difference. Must be all that good vodka ... eh? bob


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release-Songs I Sing After Dark
From: Acme
Date: 22 May 09 - 10:57 PM

The link you sent had only one photo, but I always read the Herald online and when I went directly to the page it had that handsome youthful shot on top. You had to click on "2" to see the old fart your current image. ;-)

SRS


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release-Songs I Sing After Dark
From: Peace
Date: 22 May 09 - 11:45 PM

This is the first I've seen this thread. Great news, Bob, although it's a little late on my part.

Congratulations.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release-Songs I Sing After Dark
From: Acme
Date: 23 May 09 - 12:24 AM

It's a wonderful CD, Bruce. You need to get your hands on this one.


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release-Songs I Sing After Dar
From: sharyn
Date: 23 May 09 - 01:25 AM

This is the first time I've seen this thread, too. Thanks for reviving it, Joe.

Sharyn


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release-Songs I Sing After Dark
From: Peace
Date: 07 Jun 09 - 11:56 PM

What a CD. Bob, you have a really good voice and I love the songs you do. I hope the radio shows goes (went) well and that both you guys are happy with it all.

You have done some dynamite work on "SISAD". I'm sorry it's taken me two years to hear 'em. Thank you very much.


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Subject: RE: Bob Nelson's CD release-Songs I Sing After Dark
From: Deckman
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 08:29 AM

Hi Bruce ... I'm glad you liked the songs on my CD. It was a real labor of love. I've been a "hard core" ballad singer since I was 14. After all those years, it's impossible NOT to keep singing. I have an idea for a whole new and different approach to some more CD's. Stay tuned. CHEERS, Bob ... still in Everett ... where the dogs and cops are on the loose at night!


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