27 December 1944, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Tutored on both piano and guitar as a child, Nelson began a singing career while studying at Wisconsin University. She was a member of two bands, including the Imitations, prior to recording her solo debut, Deep Are The Roots, in 1965. Charlie Musselwhite (harmonica) and Peter Wolfe (guitar) added support to a set drawing much of its inspiration from blues singers Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith. In 1966 Nelson became a founder member of Mother Earth, an excellent country/blues attraction which she later came to dominate as the original members pursued other projects. By 1973, when they were recording regularly in Nashville, the group had become known as Tracy Nelson/Mother Earth, and that years Poor Mans Paradise was, effectively, a solo album. The singers independent career was officially launched the following year with Tracy Nelson, which included a powerful version of Bob Dylans It Takes A Lot...
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