By Alix Bruch
CALGARY – Amy Nelson is no stranger to creativity. Well known not only for her unique fashion, charming flower pressing, and elegant writing, the Grand Prairie native is slinging banjo tunes reminiscent of a bygone era. Nelson expressed to BeatRoute her excitement to release her first album this coming fall, and is particularly proud of how it has come together through the collaboration and support of her artistic community. In her own words, the album has a “home grown quality to it, having recorded it live off the floor with a bunch of friends.”
Though emitting an outward appearance of a character straight out of the early 20 th century, Nelson is actually quite firmly rooted in the present. The lyrical maven is deeply aware of herself and the way she moves through the world. Her sound is timeless and her lyrics grounding, which is perhaps part of the reason why she has gained such an honest following.
“I feel like music is just a human thing,” Nelson explains. “I don’t think that there is necessarily a degree or a level of experience that you need to have in order to go up on stage and share that with an audience. People have these weird rules around legitimacy in your craft. I feel like writing, music, and art in general, are places where those things don’t have to exist. At the end of the day, what is it that you are doing? You’re connecting with and to people. I think of who I’ve connected to, and they aren’t always the greatest guitar players—they can’t necessarily solo—but they make you feel something.”
In addition to her words connecting and weaving people together, Nelson uses her music and art to connect with herself. She has carved out a space of belonging and a space of freedom to create without the weight of outside opinion. By giving her work this permission to breathe and grow outside the lines, Nelson has offered her audience permission to do just the same.
“Things take time, you know? Like learning a song or pressing a flower, you have to wait for it to become something, and it is in that process that you are getting something out of it. And you may eventually question if it is a finished product, but then you can at least offer it and hope someone can feel something from it, too.”Amy Nelson, Timeless creations