Drew Nelson Revs Up to Release Tilt-A-Whirl | Arts & Culture
Written by John Sinkevics
Surrounded by saws, drills, wood-benders and other tools of the guitar-making trade in his basement, Drew Nelson held the mahogany panel next to his ear and tapped it with his fingers.
"It really rings," he marveled. "It has a character and a sound to it."
That handsome slice of wood soon will become the top of another Nelson-made acoustic guitar, forming the vital soundboard that distinguishes each instrument, giving it a distinctive resonance.
Perhaps it's only apropos that the veteran Grand Rapids singer-songwriter has turned some of his musical passion toward making guitars the past four years: He's long been a lyrical soundboard for Michigan's rough-hewn common folk and its inspiring natural beauty.
Now, he'll share that poetic vision on a bigger stage.
Signed last year to a three-record deal with Minnesota's Red House Records, Nelson officially releases his fourth full-length album Feb. 14, with a pre-release show in Grand Rapids Feb. 3.
Unlike his earlier albums, Nelson's new release falls under the auspices of a national...