This new cd by Barbara celebrates familiar songs in an upbeat fresh way. There are western songs, blues, old standards, and a few surprises in the mix. Barbara has performed in many places: Elko, Fort Worth, Dallas, Ellensburg, and Pendleton and was voted AWA Female Western Singer of the year in Dallas.
Rick Huff, the WMA (Western Music Assoc.) music critic said the following. “Bring It On Down” certainly isn’t the direction this one goes! It’s happy all the way! Gentle arrangements of swing and jazz standards support the ever-melodious, silky voiced Barbara Nelson (an AWA Female Singer of The Year). Assisting her guitar, the instruments (including fiddle, pedal steel, bass, clarinet, trumpet and tenor sax) appear one or two at a time, but they add up to a combo! I’d prefer a slightly hotter mix on those on those support players, but Nelson’s the main thing anyway.
It is a happy effect. Who knew “Hard Hearted Hannah” had a sweeter side? “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead” is nearly rollicking! You can “Cry Me A River” but here? Smile when you say that! Yes, Nelson’s a happy performer, and her AWA Award and other accolades may lock that in for keeps.