Ross Neilson

ross neilson live at the acoustic grill

Canada’s hardest working blues rock musician, Ross Neilsen, does it right. He’s taking strong, timeless material to the place that matters: The People. Six Years, over 1000 shows and more than half a million kilometers traveled. In a time of corporate cookie-cutter music, this is the return to real. Proving hard work pays off Neilsen has been honoured with a nomination for Best New Artist at The Maple Blues Awards in 2010, two Rising Star nominations from CBC, back to back Blues Album of the Year nominations from the East Coast Music Association, a win for Best Blues Recording for Redemption at the 2010 MusicNB awards, a semi finalist in the solo/duo category at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in 2012 and most recently Five nominations from Music New Brunswick including Album of the year, best group and best rock recording for RESURRECTION and Best Blues Recording as well as Best male solo Recording for THE SHACK UP SESSIONS. He is a real, old-school kind of artist.

After the demise of The Sufferin’ Bastards in December 2011, Ross Neilsen has spent much of the last year rebuilding his musical foundation with a new trio, ROSS NEILSEN BAND. Any doubt as to the impact of his return has been shattered with this latest recording. The old school, in-your-face guitar playing coupled with a thunderous, tight rhythm section has been Neilsen’s trademark for years, blurring the lines between pop, blues and rock.

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Ross Neilson Live at The Acoustic Grill Album
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I have been very fortunate over the past few years to work in some venues owned by some awesome folks. I have been extra fortunate to become great friends with a few of these owners. On my very first solo tour into Ontario, Steve and Jenny came into Toronto to see my show at another venue even though I would be at The Grill later that tour. I thought that was pretty cool and a sign of good things.

I was right, The Acoustic Grill has been my favorite stage in Ontario since then. I've met some great people there and always look forward to going back. When Steve asked if I wanted to do this project, I jumped at the idea.

I really wanted an acoustic recording of me with The Bastards to show folk festivals that we can do more than just melt faces with Rock.

What better place to record it than the Grill?

Steve Purtell is one of the Good Guys.

Ross Neilson


Vocals and Guitar - Ross Neilson

Bass Guitar - Shawn Warden

Percussion / Drums - Karl Gans