Ross Neilsen – The Shack Up Sessions (Independent)

For his newest release, Fredericton’s Ross Neilsen brings things back to basics with the spirit and the sound of The Shack Up Sessions. Owing a great debt to blues legends before him, Neilsen sound vibrant and electric and, ultimately, sounds right at home. The spirit of the Mississippi Delta is alive and well on The Shack Up Sessions. Comprised of a nice assortment of cover songs and Neilsen originals, this record is a sparse, minimalist outing that, along with Neilsen’s soulful vocals, are exactly what helps to make this record such essential listening.