Matthew and Gunnar Nelson paid tribute to their legendary father, Ricky Nelson, in a sold out performance at the
for Arts in downtown Rau Center , Crystal Lake, Illinois Friday January 13 2012. Matthew and Gunnar jumped right into a lively set of their father’s earliest hits – Poor Little Fool, Stood Up, Hello Mary Lou, I’m Walkin – in a two hour show punctuated by brief video clippings from the Nelson family archives. Among the footage shown was a rare bit from The Ozzie and Harriet Show unseen for fifty years (It hasn’t been shown since it aired in the mid-1950s) of Rick Nelson doing an impersonation of Elvis Presely on Halloween.
Matthew and Gunnar shared numerous anecdotes between songs which added a personable feel to the event. Both Matthew and Gunnar are excellent musicians and singers as you would expect. Matthew’s vocal range appears identical to his father and Gunnar’s passionate solo on
was a crowd pleaser. Their guitar playing was generally right on. Internationally acclaimed for their own contributions to music, Matthew and Gunnar have performed for enthusiastic audiences worldwide. Among the highlights were superb renditions of Travelin Man and Garden Party. My personal favorite song of the evening, however, was not one of their father’s classics but a new song they wrote titled Just Once More, a beautiful ballad with a passionate edge. Lonesome Town
There is nothing like live music performed by creative musicians and Matthew and Gunnar Nelson delivered a truly fine evening of entertainment. Afterward they signed autographs and posed for photographs. I found them intelligent, humorous, humble and gracious. Rock on!
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When visiting Crystal lake Illinois be sure to visit the Rau Center for the Arts
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