The Ballad of Davids Nelson

The Ballad of Davids Nelson
Single CD release, 7.01.03

Written by Patrick Short and Amy Gray, BMI
Based on an Oregonian column by Margie Boulé

The Ballad of Davids Nelson
(Single, 2003)

René Berblinger: mandolin
John Breen: hand drum
Amy Gray: backing vocals
Bill Haas: guitar
David Levesque: violin
Patrick Short: piano, bass, drum program and lead vocal

The Ballad of Davids Nelson – Full Version (4.3 MB .mp3)

The Ballad of Davids Nelson – Sample Excerpt (800 KB .mp3)

The story behind the song:

April, 2004 A real David Nelson has quoted our song in his statement as a plaintiff in the ACLU lawsuit over the “No Fly List”. Read it on the ACLU Website.

7.15.03: The Ballad of Davids Nelson was used in the national PBS show, Flashpoints USA, with Bryant Gumbel and Gwen Ifill. The song bumpered into a segment on the David Nelson story. Wicked cool! http://www.pbs.org/flashpointsusa/20030715/

6.21.03: We’ve recorded and mixed The Ballad of Davids Nelson, a Patrick and Amy penned song about one small corner of the state of the nation. Let us know if you’ve heard it anywhere. We think it’s topical, and not in the ointment way of thinking. This is the first time we’ve played a song live before recording it. Davd Levesque left his cruise ship at Astoria, drove two hours, recorded his violin part and drove back to the ship. That’s dedication!

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