- Blues, Country
- Madison, WI
- Delta Groove Records
During the midst of the psychedelic explosion Nelson moved to San Francisco, relocating from Chicago where she recorded her first album "Deep Are The Roots" for Prestige Records in 1964. She formed Mother Earth, a group that was named after the fatalistic Memphis Slim song (which she sang at his 1988 funeral). Mother Earth was a major attraction at the Fillmore, where they shared stages with Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Burdon. In 1968 Mother Earth recorded its first album, which included Nelson's own composition "Down So Low." It became her signature song, and has been regularly covered by great women singers through the years, including Etta James, Linda Ronstadt, Maria Muldaur and, in 2010, Cyndi Lauper, who chose it for her own Grammy-nominated blues album. After six Mother Earth albums for Mercury Records and Reprise Records, Nelson continued to record throughout the '70s and beyond as a solo artist garnering her first Grammy nomination in 1974 for the song "After the Fire Is Gone," a hit duet with Willie Nelson.
In late July, 2010, Nelson was featured on NPR's "Weekend Edition," a little more than a month after the tragic fire that took the 100+ year old farmhouse she shared with longtime partner Mike Dysinger. She was just beginning to deal with the aftermath of losing her home and many of her personal belongings. "The firemen told us they could save one room — we had to decide — we said 'the studio.'" This album, Victim of the Blues, is the album that miraculously survived the fire. Seeing as how her first Grammy nomination was for "After the Fire Is Gone," with Willie Nelson, she would say drolly, "It seemed like the perfect thing to call these events." Nelson had titled this album before the fire, so the irony is not missed on her. Victim of the Blues is as deeply felt as anything she has recorded in her exceptional career; she is a soul survivor.
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Tracy Nelson proves that the human voice is the most expressive instrument in creation. ~ John Swenson
— Rolling Stone (Jul 14, 2011)
Tracy Nelson isn’t so much a singer as she is a force field — a blues practitioner of tremendous vocal power and emotional range. ~ Alana Nash
— Entertainment Weekly (Jul 14, 2011)
“ . . . a bad white girl . . .” ( — from her autobiography, Rage To Live)
— Etta James (Jul 14, 2011)