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NELSON, Tracy

(b 27 Dec. '47, Madison WI) Country- blues singer, a cult figure who hasn't achieved the commercial success she deserves. She began in folk clubs early '60s, graduated to blues, joining the Fabulous Imitations '65, later forming White Trash Blues Band. Moved to San Francisco '67 and joined Mother Earth as lead singer; they recorded and built up a reputation on the West Coast; made highly praised LP Mother Earth Presents Tracy Nelson Country '70 in Nashville, with Scotty Moore and other Nashville session men (now on WB CD, as well as a Best Of); Mother Earth split '72 and she moved to Nashville permanently, recording for Atlantic (Tracy Nelson '74), Columbia, MCA (Time Is On My Side and Sweet Soul Music both on One Way CDs); sang backup for Willie Nelson (no relation) incl. Grammy-winning duet 'After The Fire Is Gone' '74; sang backup with Guy Clark, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band etc; her 'Soul Of Sadness' was used in a Kevin Costner movie. She restarted her career on Rounder with In The Here And Now '93, was nom. for a Grammy and carried on '95--6 with I Feel So Good (with Delbert McClinton, Al Kooper etc) and Move On (guests Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt etc).