January Concert Guide


On her online biography, Raelyn Nelson says, “‘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 . . . . Our band can almost read each other’s minds. Why would I mess with that?’” Humble words spoken by Nelson, the granddaughter of country legend Willie Nelson. You can see the emphasis on group over performer on the album cover of the Raelyn Nelson Band’s 2014 self-titled debut EP. Rather than have Nelson front and center, all four band members stand side by side. The photograph also pays tribute to the Ramones’ first album. However, the album design isn’t the only thing that harks back to the Ramones. Songs like “Brother” draw from punk as well as country in a move similar to one made by another country grandchild, honky-punk Hank Williams III. The Raelyn Nelson Band plays Club Cafe. Aris Paul and Alyssa Hankey open. 8 p.m. 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side. (CM)
Doing it Her Way the Only Way She Knows How!
Much like her grandpa, Raelyn Nelson is doing things her way and making them work.


Raelyn the granddaughter of the legendary singer/songwriter Willie Nelson will play her first Pittsburgh show on Jan. 5.


Nelson and band will bring its one-of-kind country/garage/rock and roll to Club Cafe.


January Shows Worth Seeing Pittsburgh
"Holiday break is almost over; it's time to experience live music again.

While the January concert calendar is a little light, there are still good shows to see, including: The Raelyn Nelson Band entertains Thursday at Club Cafe on Pittsburgh's South Side. The rocking country band is fronted by Willie Nelson's granddaughter, who proves the apple didn't fall far from the tree as she charmingly sings about drinking, toking and yearning for wide open spaces." -Scott Tady
Concerts to see in Pittsburgh

By Scott Mervis / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bands are brave to tour in January, and they are rewarded with fans who are fighting cabin fever, making for some special shows in the coldest month of the year.

Jan. 5: Raelyn Nelson Band

The music is deep in the genes for the granddaughter of Willie Nelson, who brings her Raelyn Nelson Band to Club Cafe on the South Side tonight.

In 2014, Rolling Stone Country described the country/garage band it as “A country Runaways” and “Cheap Trick fronted by Loretta Lynn.” She worked with indie producer Jonathan Bright, who filled out the band with the rhythm section of his hard rock group Defense Wins Championships.

“I don’t really have any desire to be a ‘solo-artist,’” she says in her bio. “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?”
Willie Nelson’s Granddaughter Brings Country/Garage Rock to Bristol Show
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Willie Nelson’s Granddaughter Brings Country/Garage Rock to Bristol Show

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Sounds Like: A country Runaways; Cheap Trick fronted by Loretta Lynn

For Fans Of: Nikki Lane, Lydia Loveless, Eighties punk-rockabilly like Social Distortion

Why You Should Pay Attention: Willie Nelson's granddaughter isn't afraid to make her family blush. With lyrics like "we should getta room/before we get ARRESTED," she and her band of garage-rock converts push out tracks that are a country-rock clash of three power chords and the truth. Raised on devotionals and "Papa's" classics, Nelson changed her tune when she met Jonathan Bright, a veteran of the underground scene. Paired with Nelson's cheeky twang that can hit on both Loretta and Liz Phair, the result is a quirky continuation of the California cowpunk tradition.

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