On her debut full-length release, Little Stray Hearts, Nellen Dryden and her cohorts create a dazzling song cycle on the themes of love and death. This is a country record, full of pedal steel guitar and story telling. If one knows anything about Dryden’s musical background, however, the country tinge might come as a surprise. Dryden cut her teeth in high school and at Sarah Lawrence College playing soul, blues, and jazz. As a testament to her talent, Dryden seems equally comfortable in the country genre as she did in the genres in which she developed. This seemingly newfound sound was actually a return to the country music Dryden’s father played for her as a child.
Dryden’s voice has all the power of her soul roots, but as she engages in the storytelling of the country genre she creates clarity of consciousness concerned with life’s big themes. On the song “Me and My Buffalo Bill” Dryden imagines what it would be like to be a girl in love with a heroic figure. On “Back You Go” Dryden explores the death of a grandmother. These ventures into love and death illustrate the range of Dryden’s talents. While Dryden has always had a scorching voice, with this collection Dryden more than proves herself as a songwriter.
On November 19th, Bedrock Music & Video is proud to invite Nellen Dryden to perform an in store concert. The show starts at noon and goes until 2pm. Peoples Westfall will open the show for their second appearance at Bedrock. Nellen Dryden will headline, supported by her guitar player and co-arranger Jules Belmont. They are coming all the way from Nashville, Tennessee. Potential audience members have a unique opportunity to hear Nellen Dryden in her authentic form. While Dryden was developing these songs in New York before moving to Nashville, they were often arranged for Nellen Dryden and Jules Belmont to perform as a duo (as opposed to the fuller band that appears on the recording). Bedrock patrons will have a chance to see some very talented musicians playing in an intimate setting in an authentic context.
Little Stray Hearts is such a strong album that we sold out of all of our copies at Bedrock. Buy a copy directly from Nellen Dryden herself on the 19th! We hope this concert allows us to create an opportunity for Bedrock customers to get in on an exciting new artist that is Nellen Dryden.