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On Friday, the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series stage will return to Smith’s Food and Drugs in Los Alamos. Next Tuesday, Smith’s will break ground for the new Smith’s Marketplace at the Trinity Site just across the street.
Most of Los Alamos has been anxiously waiting for this new shopping center. It will not only be the largest supermarket, but it will also offer other merchandise as well “Let me say this again, shop locally. It’s so tremendously important to the county’s health,” concert organizer Russ Gordon said. “So friends, we’re celebrating with a concert by Paula Nelson.”
Paula sings country, rock, Americana, blues and jazz and even some classics. “She’s a singer/songwriter, alto, soprano, twangy, sultry, sexy, sassy, sweet, blonde firecracker of an entertainer,” Gordon said.
Her influences are mostly her and her father’s best friends. At her childhood family picnics and Christmas parties were guests like Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Waylon Jennings and Jesse Colter, Leon Russell, Ray Price, Doug Sahm and other very, very famous people.
The BBQ cook was her dad, the legendary Willie Nelson. Paula started singing and playing piano at age 7. She has been a member of Willie’s band since birth.
Paula Nelson has a unique voice. Sometimes her phrasing is very similar to Willie’s, but she’s not Willie. “It used to hurt with the Willie Nelson’s daughter thing because people would ask her to sing ‘Crazy’ and ‘On the Road Again’, now I realize it’s a huge deal for folks to be that close to my dad, because he’s such a great guy,” Nelson said. “I think they come to the shows out of curiosity because of who my dad is. But these days, I am quite sure when they leave they remember me, too. They get a whole other experience unlike they thought they were going to get. That makes me proud.”
Gordon has been listening to a lot of her music on paulanelsonband.com and on YouTube.
“I have loved and have been very proud of every concert that the Series has presented this year,” he said. “I have no doubt that the Paula Nelson show is really gonna be something truly special. Her dad is invited, but he’s playing in Cincinnati this Friday. As for Willies songs, I wish that every act would cover one of his hits especially ‘Whiskey River.’”
“The chemistry between this band and me, is magic both on the stage and off. I feel truly blessed to be in the company of these amazing musicians,” Nelson said.
“Come by and catch the show or just do your Smith’s shopping after 7 p.m. and see what you think. We’re gonna be rocking, waltzing, two steppin’ and squeezin’ our dance partners,” Gordon said.