Sleepy Eyes Nelson
Sleepy Eyes Nelson is a country blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Ayrshire, Scotland. He was first discovered by the American record label Devil’s Ruin Records. He has a distinctive finger style of playing, playing in effect the bass, rhythm, lead, percussion and vocals all at the same time. He has developed a following in America, mainly the south, where he has toured with the West Virginia songster, Slate Dump.
Career highlights include:
American tour of the south with Slate Dump playing in the following states: TN, TX, OK, MO, WV.
Also playing at the New Daisy Theatre on the world famous Beale Street in Memphis.
UK Blues Underground Network Album of the Year 2011 for his release of “Where The Town Ends”
Texas songwriter and filmmaker Mike Snow has written a number of songs specifically for Sleepy Eyes Nelson to record and perform.
Sleepy has also released a number of split albums. Most popular are the Covered in Blues Volumes with Slate Dump (West Virginia) and the split with Missouri singer C. J. Marie. He is also known for doing collaborations with many artists, most notably with Texas singer/songwriter and musician Pigeon Petal.
Supported acts such as The Primevals, Dave Anderson, The Dad Horse Experience (Germany), Johnny Lowbowe (USA) , Hat Fitz (Austrailia) , The Groan Box Boys, The Mussy Cluves (USA) Jacob Yates and the Pearly Gate Lock Pickers, The Reverse Cowgirls, The Bonnevilles.
Has played the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival and the Edinburgh Carnival.
The Shetland Blues Festival.
The Blues Shakedown Festival, London, England.
Doune the Rabbit Hole and the Kelburn Garden Party Festival.
West End Festival, Glasgow.
The Merchant City Festival, Glasgow.
No Mean City Festival, Glasgow.
One Man Band Showcase, Memphis
Ale House Festival Weekender, Edinburgh.
Press and Quotes
“It does not take any time at all, once you start listening to Sleepy Eyes Nelson's music, to realize that when it comes to Country Blues, he is certainly the real deal. Sleepy Eyes Nelson is probably one of the purest and unpretentious Blues players out there today. He lives his life with a rare simplicity and creates and plays his style of Country Blues in much the same manner.” THE BLUES UNDERGROUND NETWORK
“This friends is blues music coming straight from the soul. His sound belongs among the best blues musicians of the early 20th century. A consolation for lost souls” DOUNE THE RABBIT HOLE
“His lyrical content bears a strong root in the dust-bowls or river deltas and one could easily be mistaken in believing his own recent material had been around for a century. A genuine and likeable performer, while also being a well-honed professional from the Glasgow pub circuit.” THE SHETLAND TIMES
“The overall effect, in part due to the lovely resonant twanging guitar sound is strangely hypnotic, uplifting and affecting. This is a truly engaging and rewarding listen for lovers of Country Blues and I would love to learn more about this intriguing troubadour.” BLUES MATTERS MAGAZINE
“I’ve always been a fan of Nelson’s straight talking Clyde Delta Blues” HOOVERVILLE
“An unwilling superstar” DEVILS RUIN RECORDS
“He is the real deal, a true bluesman who’s songs sound so genuine they seem to be arriving at our ears as from a great distance in time, all the way from the home of the blues” JAMES CARLSON, EXAMINER.COM
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