“Where has this guy been hiding? In the library maybe.” NPR'S Folk Alley
Nels Andrews is a literary songwriter, he's here to tell you a story, and wants you to hum along. One of Nels’ heroes, Anais Mitchell says of his work, “Nels is a master carver, an artist patient and obsessed enough to turn a whale of an idea into something delicate and beautiful from any angle.”
Nels has toured nationally and internationally since 2002 and has won prestigious songwriting awards from Kerrville, Telluride, and Mountain Stage. His international travels include sessions with the BBC’s Bob Harris, who named Nels’ debut album one of the best of that year.
Folk Radio UK says: “(Nels) combines deft storytelling with a warmth of tone and gentleness of pace .. awash with layers, metaphors and echoes woven into subtle, contemplative contemporary song. Like finding a seashell at the back of a dusty cupboard, putting it to your ear and hearing the ocean.”
Now living in Santa Cruz, California, Nels has been weaving the morning fog, redwoods, and oceanside into his forthcoming record, produced by trad Irish flautist Nuala Kennedy. The bones of this, soon to be released, 4th studio record, were tracked live at indie rock band Lord Huron’s Whispering Pines clubhouse/studio In Los Angeles. The album was fleshed out via long distance collaborations with an international set of traditional players, new friends Sebastian Steinberg (Iron and Wine) and Stelth Ulvang (the Lumineers), not to mention some old friends from New York. It also features guest appearances by fellow songsmiths Anais Mitchell, AJ Roach, and Anthony Da Costa. Projected release june 2019.The new album’s first single “Pigeon & the Crow” is an original supernatural ballad, being released as a paired digital single and printed graphic novella featuring the song’s story as interpreted by illustrator Mike Benzce, Thanks to a grant from the SC arts council, the book/ Digital single will be released in Nov 2018.