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Country Singer TJ Nelson Back on the Road at Firehouse Saloon, Aug.10
Houston, TX – Recording labels Phideaux Records and Long Shadow Records are proud to announce the return of award-winning country and western singer/guitarist TJ Nelson
, with a performance at the Frirehouse Saloon on August 8 and the release of his highly anticipated 4-track EP ‘United We Stand’, another fine example of his characteristic blend of western swing, southern rock and traditional country
Country singer TJ Nelson knows hard times and betrayal. Country music has a rich tradition of exploring those themes, and, like all of us, TJ had had his share, but he didn’t expect it to come from the music. TJ was a rising talent when he cut his award-winning 2005 breakthrough album “It’s a Country Thang,” and he was enjoying great feedback and growing success on the road. A year later, he got a call from a fellow musician touring Europe.
“She said, ‘What are you doing in bed back in the states? Why aren’t you here touring?’,” Nelson laughs. “She said my CD was all over the racks in Europe.” Investigation revealed that someone who had been trusted with one of the tracks from the CD had taken all of the masters to Italy and released them under a fraudulent label. While struggling to develop a career at home, Nelson found out that he had six different number one hits in seven different countries in Europe, and not a dime or word of credit was coming to him.
Unfortunately, the expense of trying to fight that betrayal would be prove impossible. TJ was done. In bitter resignation, he turned his back on music entirely, angrily selling everything he had that was connected to music, going as far as selling a Taylor guitar worth $3,500.00 fro $700.00. He threw himself into his mechanic’s business and more traditional blue collar hard times.
Leading up to that, the compelling story of his evolution and tutelage in the country music scene read just like Hollywood fiction. TJ was born and raised in South Dakota and wound up in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he now lives. Along the way he’s worked as an automotive mechanic and wide-load/hazardous materials transporter. His musical influences include country legends Hank Williams Jr., Waylon Jennings, Allan Jackson and Merle Haggard. He credits Charlie
Louvin (The Louvin Brothers, Grand Ole Opry) as someone who ‘showed him the ropes’ as a younger musician, steadily and consistently performing at clubs, concerts and rodeo dances throughout the US southern states. He’s opened for Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Watson, and Floyd Rose.
It was a love, a training, and a life that proved to have too strong a pull, and the years away from the scene and all the hard work in his garage did not quiet the muse. He picked up a guitar again. He tested the waters briefly in 2014 with some studio work and realized that music was his true love and he had to start out again. “I decided that I had to take the chance and get out there,” Nelson said. “This is what I love.”
The release of his new EP reflects not only his reawakened passion, but his patriotism. The title track, “United We Stand” is a timely call for unity and pride in his beloved America, grappling at present with social and political divisions. He is donating a portion of profits from the sale of “United We Stand” to a not-for-profit foundation for training dogs to assist returned U.S. military services personnel.
He has grown philosophical about the ups and downs his career has taken. For the upcoming tour, he humorously quipped, “Well, if the tour bus breaks down, at least I’ll be able to fix it.”
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