Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, the twin sons of American Teen Idol Ricky Nelson, have recently released ‘Lightning Strikes Twice’. The aptly named album marks the 20th anniversary after the enormous success brought about by ‘After The Rain’.
Over the past two decades, these third generation musicians have put out several other albums, many of which were released on their own label. They have shown their level of diversity by covering other genres of music, and diligently working with many other renowned musicians.
As I dedicated fan, ‘After The Rain’ holds special significance for me. Therefore, I was ever grateful to converse with Matthew Nelson. My mettle curiosity had me determined to discover why the two blond ambitious brothers have chosen to return to their musical roots, and what has been happening, since?
I invite you to join me and discover just how our unexpected dialogue played out that heartfelt day when Matthew called.
Matthew: Hi, this is Matt Nelson.
MettleMaiden: Hello there, I am a bit nervous, because I am a fan of the band Nelson. The band has really had an impact on me over the years.
Matthew: There is no pressure, really.
MettleMaiden: I apologize because this interview was thrust upon me rather abruptly.
Matthew: Me too, but an impromptu experience can be quite liberating.
MettleMaiden: I have not had a lot of opportunity to listen to ‘Lightning Strikes Twice’, but from what I have heard, I do agree it sounds a lot like ‘After The Rain’.
Matthew: This seems to be the consensus.
MettleMaiden: It may even be better because of modern production values. You are a lot more experienced with writing and producing now, after all these years of doing it on your own.
Matthew: Thank you, this is very true.
MettleMaiden: Why did you decide to recapture the sound, feel, and style of the first album?
Matthew: We were contacted by a record company that specifically wanted an album that sounded like our favored past. They were searching for that logical progression which should have occurred after we recorded ‘After The Rain’.
MettleMaiden: This is why I am such a strong supporter of Frontiers Records!
Matthew: Artistically speaking though, it is a lot more difficult than you would think to revisit the mood and feel of that bygone era.
MettleMaiden: I see what you mean.