Posts Tagged ‘Todd Nelson’

Todd Nelson, What Do You Listen to on the Way Home from a Gig?

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
Nelson Quintana Esposito

Nelson Esposito Quintana

“If my ears aren’t totally exhausted after a gig, I’ll either listen to ‘Jazz After Hours’ from Seattle (I forget the name of the new host), or I’ll turn on some classical music. I find the change of instrumentation and structure helps displace what’s still playing in my head. I’m usually too tired to choose a CD by that time.”

Todd Nelson plays guitar in Nelson Esposito Quintana (the artists formerly known as TN3), who drop their new CD None of the Above with a release party at Albany’s Madison Theater at 8pm on Friday (May 8). Opening the show will be a reunion of Seven Rabbit Stew, featuring Nelson’s former Fear of Strangers bandmate Al Kash on drums. Tickets are $10, which includes a copy of the new CD.

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Parade of Shoes: Todd Nelson

Thursday, September 19th, 2013
TN3's Todd Nelson on Hamilton Street in Albany, 2011 (Photo by Tim Livingston)

TN3’s Todd Nelson on Hamilton Street in Albany, 2011 (Photo by Tim Livingston)

Guitarist Todd Nelson at HereFest, 2011

LIVE: The Star Spangled Washboard Band @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 4/21/12

Monday, April 30th, 2012
The Star Spangled Washboard Band

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson. See more of Kirsten’s photos from this show here.

It’s not every day that you get to see a grown man on stage playing a typewriter behind his head like Jimi Hendrix wielding a Stratocaster at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. At least the former refrained from igniting his instrument, perhaps recognizing that the Albany police station was adjacent to the Steamer No. 10 Theatre.

It’s hard to believe that the Star Spangled Washboard Band had not played a show in 15 years – even the band members themselves made reference throughout the night to that swift, odd passage of time, sometimes with dated jokes that were nonetheless funny. What was obvious as well, seriously, was that their repetoire of songs had vintage quality right from the start.

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LIVE: Todd Nelson’s TN3 @ HereFest, 9/17/11

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

TN3 @ LarkFest 2011 (photo by Tim Livingston)

Thirty years ago, Todd Nelson performed at the very first LarkFest, playing guitar in what was arguably Nippertown’s most popular band, the Units.

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Win FREE TIX to Todd Nelson’s TN3 @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, 6/4/11

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
TN3 (Photo by Noah Fowler)

TN3 (Photo by Noah Fowler)

It took guitarslinger Todd Nelson quite a while before he finally got around to releasing a record of his own. Nelson has been a major player on the Nippertown music scene for years – from the crackling country-rock of Silver Chicken to the bristling new wave of the Units (later renamed Fear of Strangers) to the groove-gurgling swamp-rock of Rumdummies, to name just a few of the stops that he’s made over the years.

Last year, he released “Here,” credited to Todd Nelson, but actually a stellar trio album that featured the slippery fretless bass of Kyle Esposito and the percolating percussion of Manuel Quintana. And once again, Nelson had a few changes up his sleeve. It’s an all-instrumental album, and while it isn’t jazz per se, there are jazzy elements that bubble up in the music. And he revisits – or completely re-invents – a few tunes culled from his rich musical back pages.

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Attention! Fans of the Units/Fear of Strangers…

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Lonesome Val

Lonesome Val


Mark your calendars now.

After a rather lengthy hiatus from this thing we call the music scene, “Lonesome Val” Haynes is returning to the spotlight. She’ll be performing at The Linda in Albany as the opening act for Crash Test Dummies at 8pm on Saturday, December 4.

Not only that, but Lonesome Val will be accompanied by guitarist and former bandmate Todd Nelson, who just released a fine instrumental trio album of his own, “Here.” (Read our review here.)

After Fear of Strangers split up, lead vocalist Val Haynes became Lonesome Val, and recorded two mighty fine solo albums for the Hoboken, NJ-based indie label Bar/None Records – the self-titled “Lonesome Val” (1990) and “NYC” (1994).

CD: Todd Nelson’s “Here”

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Todd Nelson: Here(ToddNelsonGuitar.com, 2010):

Guitarslinger Todd Nelson has been a mainstay on the Nippertown music scene for more years than he probably wants to count – from the crackling country-rock of Silver Chicken to the bristling new wave of the Units (later renamed Fear of Strangers) to the more recent groove-gurgling swamp-rock of Rumdummies, to name just a few of the stops that he’s made along the way.

None of which exactly prepares you for his just-released album, “Here,” recorded at Cotton Hill Studios in Albany. The first surprise is that it’s an all-instrumental album. Secondly, it’s a solo album only in that it’s Nelson’s name above the title; it’s actually a trio that also features the sublimely slippery fretless bass of Kyle Esposito and the percolating drumming of Manuel Quintana, who both happen to be Nelson’s bandmates when they back up singer-songwriter Anna Cheeks.

Thirdly – and most importantly – the music leans toward the jazz end of the spectrum, especially on the two traditional tunes: the eight-minute, gospel-informed “Into the House” and the seductive, snaking treatment of “The Blacksmith.” I wouldn’t necessarily classify this as a jazz album – or anything else, for that matter – but the influence is certainly there.

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Five Firsts: Todd Nelson of the Todd Nelson Trio

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Todd Nelson
NAME: Todd Nelson
BAND AFFILIATION: Todd Nelson Trio (or TN3 for short)
INSTRUMENT: Guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Beatles ’65.” Actually, my parents bought it for me. I think I had asked for another Beatles record, but this is one they found.

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