Today on Ecléctico you're listening to cosmic Americana singer and songwriter, Nellen Dryden. This song, and the whole album, is a laid-back groove with touches of gospel, soul, country, and folk. Add a '70s analog vibe and it's a gem of a record. One of my faves of the year. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from an article on NPR Music.
"What the Differences Are" by Nellen Dryden
2021 | Country rock 'n' soul singer and songwriter based in Nashville
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With a sound anchored in the roots and grooves of Americana music, Nellen Dryden offers up a mix of past and present on her album, Standstill. Although recorded in Dryden's adopted hometown of Nashville, TN, Standstill's mix of cosmic country, southern R&B, and roadhouse rock & roll began taking shape in New York City. It was there that Dryden began mixing her childhood influences — including her father's country music favorites — with the jazz, soul, and blues music she'd studied at Sarah Lawrence College.
Meanwhile, she found an ongoing collaborator in Jules Belmont, an electric guitarist and pedal steel player whose approach to music was shaped by the broad horizons of world music and the multi-cultural explorations of Ry Cooder. Together, the two carved out a unique sound that was both fresh and familiar, laying the brickwork for the pair's eventual move to Tennessee. A modern-minded album about the human condition, Standstill is rooted in sharply-written songs that encourage Dryden's audience to love, listen, and live with compassion.
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