"One of the most dynamic cowboy entertainers today, Nelson's vivid descriptions, voice inflections and fluid recitation bring his stories to life in listeners' imaginations." Western Horseman Magazine
Nice Things Said By Nice People
"Great writing comes from a unique and true perspective. A humble outlook with an eye for the positive in life's most challenging circumstances describes Andy's approach to life in the modern mountain west. Andy is a simple soul that intricately weaves imagery, humor, and deep emotion into every verse he pens. Relative to anyone who loves the lore and lifestyle of the true west, Andy's poetry will leave you enlightened and entertained and you might just wonder how anyone could lie so well yet be so true."
Brenn Hill, Singer/Songwriter
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Andy writes poems that are best heard. They come out like stories he’d be telling us while he was shoein’ your horse. He is a “performer” whether he is on stage or in the horse barn. Conceding that most cowboy poets come from a “Cowboy” background, each has their specialty, like ropin’, buildin’ fence, milking cows, carving leather, preg checking, ridin’ pens, fixing combines, shearing sheep, irrigating or working at the race track. Andy is a farrier, a handy skill in the world of cows and horses. Which gives him instant respect equal to a good ranch roper, the kind you would invite to your branding. He reminds me a little of Bruce Kiskaddon, simple yet articulate, prolific, smooth and most of all…they’re funny. They’re two good ol’ country boys that can find their way around downtown.
Baxter Black DVM
Andy Nelson and I have romped around the western entertainment circuit for a some time now, and I’ve had the chance to see how his words and performances affect those with western sensibilities. As the relatively new genre of cowboy poetry grows and evolves, I’ve always thought of Andy as one of its first adults, someone who brings more than just boilerplate campfire stories and rodeo yarns to the eyes and ears of western aficionados. His poetry and stories are sharp, hilarious and meaningful.
Jon Chandler Novelist, Singer Songwriter
Andy Nelson is noted as one of the best, on stage, cowboy poet entertainers in the game today, and deservedly so. He’s likable, funny, witty, interesting, knowledgeable and writes great material. His books and CDs rivals his stage status for with it you get to savor many things that stage show energy shoots by you so quickly. With his books and CDs you are privy to people, stories, faith, hopes, philosophy, and place so few get to experience today. You get to learn, laugh and apply logic from your arm chair, bed or john. Then you get to do it all again and again as you please. This here is good stuff.
"They say one should never follow acts performed by dogs and children... but they should add Andy Nelson to that list! He can do more entertaining in a twenty-minute time span than most groups of entertainers can do in a whole day of programs. Andy always leaves the crowd wanting more. And did I mention the he's also one of the best emcees in the business?"
Yvonne Hollenbeck, Award Winning Poet & Quilter
The Brenn Hill & Andy Nelson Show
Their unique performance which combines great original western music by Brenn along with moving story telling by Andy in concert with each other was a huge hit. Together they have created a synergistic performance which keeps the audience totally engaged for the duration of the time they are on stage. The combination of deep emotional and moving lyrics along with the humorous and light hearted side of life experiences they shared in song and poetry will always be remembered by our audience. What ever venue they play they will be a hit and we look forward to having them back again.
Rich Moore, President of the Sierra Valley Grange, Vinton CA
Both Brenn and Andy share their love of the Western lifestyle and mankind in general in their music, poetry and storytelling. They can look at life through the eyes of honesty, kindness, compassion and lighthearted humor. It is obvious they not only respect each other’s talents, but are also best friends. When working with them backstage, their values are reflected as they are so very easy to work with and are respectful of all our volunteers of all ages. Our audience loved them and we look forward to their return sometime in the future.