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Singer-Songwriter Drew Nelson to appear in Chatfield


Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

CHATFIELD, Minn. – As part of the highly acclaimed Chosen Bean Concert Series, Drew Nelson will appear Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 4 p.m. at the Chatfield Center for the Arts, in Chatfield.

Michigan-born Navy veteran Drew Nelson is a storytelling songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. A fly fisherman and world traveler, he writes as a witness to the lives and journeys of those he has met along the way, mixing Americana and roots-rock with traditional folk styles.

Nelson has toured across North America and Europe, performing solo and opening for popular rock artists like Melissa Etheridge and Edwin McCain as well as esteemed folk singers like Josh White Jr. and John Gorka.

He first met John Gorka in 2006, when Nelson performed as part of Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s prestigious songwriting contest. Gorka found him backstage after his performance and told him how much his songs moved him. Since then, Nelson has shared the stage with Gorka several times, including at such big events as the Kerrville Folk Festival. “Drew Nelson is one of my favorite new artists,” John Gorka says. “His songs sound like the rest of us feel….dazed, angry, amazed and climbing.”

Nelson garnered further attention in 2009, when he released Dusty Road to Beulah Land (Waterbug Records), and it topped the folk radio charts. It also caught the attention of the Grammy-winning indie label Red House Records, which just signed him. “I love that Drew can rock out as well as write sensitive ballads,” Red House president Eric Peltoniemi says. “I admire his down-to-earth songwriting which portrays our world and ordinary people with such deep feeling and unflinching clarity. He has worked hard in life and hasn’t been afraid to get his hands dirty. He has 100 percent credibility in the subject matter he writes about, and I’m excited to get the chance to work with him.”

Drew’s Red House debut Tilt-A-Whirl comes out in early 2012. He can also be heard on the new album Dark River: Songs of the Civil War Era, along with Jon Dee Graham, Slaid Cleaves, James McMurtry and new label-mate Eliza Gilkyson.

In support of his new album, Drew Nelson will be showcasing at the 2012 International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis and will be touring across North America and Europe.

When Nelson is not on the road, he enjoys reading, rooting for the Detroit Tigers, doing hot yoga and working as an a .....
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Chatfield Center for the Arts annual update

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

F. Mike Tuohy, representing the Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA) volunteer committee, addressed the city council at their April 14 meeting. He started the annual report with this big question. Where are we at with the Minnesota bonding bill? The a ..... 
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Celebrate World Red Corss Day by donating blood

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL. Minn. — World Red Cross Day is a time to recognize worldwide efforts to advocate for the relief of human suffering, whether from disease, disaster, war or famine. The American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to support these h ..... 
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Craig Laverne Asleson

Thu, Apr 17th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Craig Laverne Asleson, 56, of Faribault, Minn., died Friday, April 11, 2014 at the District One Hospital in Fairbult. Craig was born January 10, 1958 in Rochester, Minn. to Laverne and Arlis (Lietz) Asleson. He attended Dover-Eyota schools. Crai ..... 
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Danny Joseph Ellis

By Peyton Bergey

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Danny Joseph Ellis, of Eyota, Minn., died April 1, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Danny was born September 22, 1951 to Fred and Helen Ellis. He graduated from Chatfield High School in 1969. He joined the Army in 1969 and did a tou ..... 
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Elmer John Sass

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Elmer John Sass, 84, died Friday, April 4, 2014 at his home in rural Chatfield, Minn. Elmer was born October 6, 1929 to Lawrence & Odelia (Wallerich) Sass in Wabasha County. He was baptized at Albany Catholic Church.On October 17, 1953 he married Ma ..... 
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Lyle Russell Rud

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Lyle Russell Rud, 78, of Stewartville, Minn., died April 5, 2014 from complications of cancer, at the Spring Valley Care Center, where he had been a resident since January. Lyle was born April 27, 1935 in Stewartville, to Clarence & Thelma (Molde) R ..... 
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Chatfield Community Preschool: A sneak peek at a typical preschool day

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

By LuAnn Klevan Community Education Director You probably recognize that preschool is an exciting time for children and their families. But, have you ever wondered about what takes place in a preschool classroom? Let’s take a peek and see. ..... 
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Jean Elizabeth (Keefe) Lynch

Thu, Apr 3rd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Jean Elizabeth (Keefe) Lynch, 84, died on on March 30, 2014. Jean was born in Rochester on October 17, 1927 the fourth child to Edward and Mary (Healy) Keefe. She was raised on her family’s farm east of Chatfield, Minn. and educated at Chatfield ..... 
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