It’s been almost a month since the last time I posted anything here, and now that I’m back we’re right where we left off. Derek Nelson‘s single “U.R.Y.” came out September 20th and last night he played the release show for his new album Richer Soil. I was lucky enough to be in attendance and take some photos. Billed as a solo show, the concert … Continue reading Derek Nelson at Schubas 10-10-19
Derek Nelson has been one of Chicago’s finest songwriters for about a decade now. He’s been the leader of at least two amazing bands, Derek Nelson & The Musicians and Martin Van Ruin, and is now releasing his debut solo album called Richer Soil. Last week he released the first single, “The Chosen Ones,” and today he is giving me the honor of premiering the … Continue reading Derek Nelson-U.R.Y.
Being a fan of Martin Van Ruin is a bit like having a best friend that moved away when you were kids. You get together every few years and have an amazing time and at the end of the day you both know you won’t see each other again for a while. That makes every show this band performs all the more important. I’ve been … Continue reading Martin Van Ruin at Fitzgerald’s 8/17/18
It’s been a few years since Martin Van Ruin’s brilliant debut, Every Man A King. I’m very excited that their follow-up will finally arrive next Friday, and that they’ll be appearing at Fitzgerald’s the same night to play it live. Derek Nelson is a great songwriter and performer, so I’m sure Current Day won’t disappoint. Today I’m premiering the latest video off the record, “On … Continue reading Martin Van Ruin-On The Level (Video Premiere)
In a move perhaps made trying to gain the respect of Beyonce, Martin Van Ruin released their debut album surreptitiously at the very end of 2013. I haven’t officially reviewed it, but I have it a few spins and it’s a strong beginning for the new band fronted by Derek Nelson. Friday night at the Empty Bottle was their second show as a band and … Continue reading Martin Van Ruin at Empty Bottle 1/10/2013