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As an emerging female country artist in Nashville, history suggests that the quickest path to success is

somehow aligning oneself with one of the major

publishers, producers, songwriters, labels, or

managers that are the heart of Music Row.


So what do you do if you are an emerging female country artist in Nashville, and also happens to be the granddaughter of musical icon, Willie Nelson? You hook up with an independent producer and veteran of the rock/punk scene, write some songs that are part Loretta Lynn, part Cheap Trick, and form the Raelyn Nelson Band.


Raelyn Nelson has been singing since she can

remember. Having been raised on a steady diet of

traditional country and gospel music, a gift from her

grandpa in the form of a guitar during her teenage

years was the inspiration she needed to begin writing

her own country and folk songs.


Looking for a place to record these songs, a mutual

friend suggested JB (Jonathan Bright), a veteran of the underground rock scene and independent producer. After recording some of these early songs, they decided to try to write some things together and see what happened.

The result? A completely fresh and original sound, a

true hybrid referred to by some critics as "Country/Garage Rock."


When they aren't recording their songs or making

music videos, they are on the road taking their high

energy live show to the people. Having shared the

stage with such diverse musical acts as country

superstar Tim McGraw, indie rock icons Drivin' n

Cryin', and jam band supergroup Hard Working

Americans, the RNB is proving that you don't have to

fit neatly into any particular "genre" to find success.


"I don't really have any desire to be a 'solo-artist'.

Everyone in my family who plays music has always

placed a lot of importance on band chemistry, on

stage, off stage, and in the studio. Our band can

almost read each other's minds. Why would I mess

with that? We try to keep it simple: Write songs we

like, record them, make a video, then go out and play

them for people."- Raelyn Nelson

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