Essential Americana Records ~The Best Of 2008~ Barbed Wire Productions Recommended Albums '2008' American Music Belguim John Nelson delivers each song with a calm, almost moist vocal that draws a little from Paul Simon, an accent-less Graham Nash, and a gentle Neil Young. His voice is elegantly calming as it and the harmonies melt into the disciplined guitar picking and tender band. It all feels so effortless, as it it floats out of Nelson and his band. Tengo Ranchito, Nelson's 2007 release succeeds in gently, beautifully squeezing out your breath. -- Jeff Weiss, Miles of Music (Mystery Bay) Tengo Ranchito, released in May 2007, is a collection of 13 new songs in the folk/blues traditions. Combining acoustic guitars, vocal harmonies, mandolin, fiddle, and Dobro proves an irresistible combination in the telling of these 14 tales. Backed by ace musicians Orville Johnson, Paul Elliot, Jeff Simmons and Chris Leighton these songs come to life. The great Alice Stuart shares vocals on the classic 'Satisfied Mind'. 'Small Town Girl' brings to life the story of yearning to escape, 'Troubled Love' haunts with it's aching slide guitar and Hammond B-3 organ, 'Light On The Shore' offers up the solace of hope, and 'She's Lucky' is a honky-tonk tale of a good luck girl. John is a Seattle based guitarist/songwriter/producer and offers this, his second full length release for listeners who enjoy a roots and traditional style of music. A mostly acoustic record, Tengo Ranchito does feature telecasters, lap steel and drums creating an infectious grooves when the tunes call for it.