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Paul Nelson was influenced early on by such guitar players as Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Schenker and Billy Gibbons as well as fusion players Allan Holdsworth, Larry Carlton, Tommy Bolin and blues great Albert King. An exceptional guitarist, producer, arranger and songwriter, Paul is equally at home with rock, funk, blues, jazz, and pop and just about anything else that crosses his path! While attending Berklee College of Music, he became one of Steve Vai's first guitar students soon after he joined the band Liege Lord who then signed with Metal Blade Records. Paul co wrote and performed on the band's two most popular classic power metal albums. These releases were "Burn to My Touch" produced by Joe Buchard of Blue Oyster Cult and "Master Control" produced by the great Terry Date, known for his work with Nirvana, Sound Garden, Def-Tones, Pantera. Also released was Metal Blade's Vol. 3 compilation album distributed by Enigma / Capitol. These releases led to Paul being featured in magazines that "I could only have dreamed of seeing myself in when I first started out as an aspiring guitar player." He has since appeared in literally hundreds of magazines and on radio stations world wide, some of the most notable being Billboard, BBC, TCG, Circus, Guitar One, Kerrang, Rock Hard, Total Rock, About.com and Scream and fanzines, too many to count, along with appearing in 5 music documentary books.


Combined with constant touring and media exposure Paul's guitar talents were gaining worldwide attention and a growing legion of fans soon other artists in the industry were placing Paul at the top of their elite audition list including OZZY, House of Lords, Anvil, Slaughter, Dio, Steel Heart, Anthrax and most recently Glen Hugh's Ten, Sozzi and even Hall & Oats. Some of the more notable recommendations for these auditions came from Mike Varney / Shrapnel Records, Ronnie James Dio, Chuck Wright and Metal Blade Records themselves. Paul was then asked to write guitar instructional columns for many nationally syndicated magazines and penned endorsement deals with Randall Amplifiers, ESP Guitars and Dean Markley Strings. Ads picturing Paul promoting these products were seen in pages of Guitar World and Guitar School Magazines this soon led to Paul being included as a regular artist exhibitor at the California Namm shows where he performed clinics alongside George Lynch, Bruce Kulick, Kenny Aaronsen and Arlen Roth. Along with separate Eastern United States clinics with Vivian Cambell he appeared as guest speaker at the prestigious CMJ convention in NY. Liege Lord parted ways in the 90s, but for Paul this was just the beginning...


He continued to be hired as a side man touring and recording for many notable national acts even joining the B-Stools on Rick Rubin's Def Jam label for a time. Shortly after Paul recorded on Fernando Pereira's "Live From NY" CD reaching certified gold in Portugal this then led to touring in Southern Europe and Northern Africa. Upon his return to the US Paul guest appeared
 
 
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on the album "Mediterranean Love Affair" featuring some of NYC's top session players. In-between he began writing music for the comedy cable TV soap "Scruff Boys" and commercials for radio. Being able to play such a broad variety of styles, Paul continues to record and tour the world. For acclaimed Singer/Songwriter PV's CD "Create Your Lover," he traveled to Norway to record on the song "Summerdays" which features his very skillful R&B style guitar work. That song behind a 2 year run 30sec National TV commercial for top European Shampoo company Naturelle. Other credits include an appearance on the CD "Matter of Perception," featuring Chuck Loeb, Jim Beard and Bill Evans, as well as working with other greats such as Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, Dr. John, James Cotton, Sonny Landreth, Slash, Robben Ford, Vince Gill, Derek Trucks, Leslie West, Brian Setzer, Mark Knopfler, John Medeski, Susan Tedechi, Jimmy Vivino, Blues Brothers Horns, Joe Bonamassa, Jr. Brown, bassist Anthony Jackson, bassist Harvey Brooks, singer Tommy Bose of Tower of Power, Rick Derringer, Larry Carlton, Edgar Winter and Ray Davis of the Parliament Funckadelics and members of both the Paul Schaefer, David Letterman and Conan O'Brien bands. Paul also wrote the music and played guitar for the WWF's XFL seen and heard by millions of television viewers on NBC, TNN and UPN, and appears in a Warner released DVD music festival documentary featuring a cameo interview, plus live footage in Europe.

Recent artist endorsement agreements include Ernie Ball strings and DiMarzio pickups, Dunlop pedals, Levy's guitar accessories and Taylor/Fender guitars. Paul Nelson's version of the song "Blue" is spotlighted on Lion Music's Jason Becker tribute - "Warmth in the Wilderness" along side song contributions performed by Vinnie Moore, Marty Friedman, Jeff Watson, Jonathan Mover, Paul Gilbert, Jeff Pilson, Steve Morse and many more. He also appears on the "Jason Becker tribute Vol. ll". Asian import soloing on the Tommy Denander song "Jason" with Reb Beach, Christopher Cross and Steve Morse. All proceeds go to benefit the Becker family to fight ALS, as announced on VH1. Paul can also be found on the Century Media release "A Return to Fantasy" Lion Music's Uli Roth tribute "Beyond Inspiration", and on the latest HALIFAX CD entitled "The Inevitability of a Strange World" guest appearing on the song "Anthem for Tonight" distributed through Drive Thru Records reaching #130 on the Billboard charts and #1 on their "Heatseekers" chart.

Paul Nelson is credited for writing and performing on Blues/Rock legend Johnny Winter's Grammy nominated album entitled "I'm a Bluesman" released on Virgin/EMI for which he penned the title track, - as well as producer/performer on Winter's latest release "Roots" on Megaforce/Sony for which he performed with Mr. Winter on the "Late Night with David Letterman" show. Highly praised by the industries top guitar magazines such as Guitar One, Guitar World, Vintage Guitar and 20th Century Guitar. Paul's solo album entitled "LOOK" can be found in stores world wide. With such and impressive list of credits and much more on the horizon Paul Nelson has firmly established himself as a guitarist's guitarist!
 
         
         
Selected Credits
         

Leslie West / Jeff Watson / Slash / Warren Haynes / Sonny Landreth / Vince Gill / Los Lobos / Kim Wilson / Elvin Bishop / Kenny Wayne Sheperd / Reb Beach / Steve Morse / John Popper / Derek Trucks / Marty Friedman / Susan Tedeschi / Larry Carlton / Steve Vai / Joe Louis Walker / Hubert Sumlin / Jonathan Mover / Harvey Brooks / Bill Evans / James Cotton / Coco Montoya / Reese Wynans / James Cotton / Anthony Jackson / Dickey Betts / Jimmy Vivino / Ray Davis - Parliament Funkadelic RRHF / Rick Derringer / Edgar Winter / Junior Brown / "Uncle" John Turner / Ozzie Mendez (Ricky Martin) / Johnny Winter / Halifax / Tommy Stewart (Godsmack) / Bob Ezrin / Cliff Almond / Tommy Bose (Tower of Power) / Terry Date / Frankie Ford / The Crystals / Anthony Jackson / Rick Mullen (Comander Cody) / Melba Moore / Cissy Houston / Garry Weiss (South Side Johnny) / The Dubs / The Drifters RRHF / Tim Smith (Sheryl Crow) / Tom "Bones" Malone (David Letterman) / Bruce Kulick (Kiss) / James Montgomery / Bobby Lewis / Harlem Boys Choir / The Flamingos RRHF / The Harptones / The Marcels / Freddy "Boom-Boom" Cannon / Eddy Holman / Fernando Pereira / CMJ (Guest Speaker) / Jim Beard, NAMM (Guest Artist) / Seb Marino (Overkill) / The Marvelettes / George Lynch (Dokken) / Dave Lavender (Funk Filharmonik) / Kenny Aaronsen (Billy Idol) / Al Chez (Robert Cray) / Michael Lauren (Papa Chubby) / The Temptations RRHF / Joey D. & The Starlighters / Jim Wackerman (Gary US Bonds) / The Tokens / LaBamba (Conan O'Brian) / Adventures of Zak / Liege Lord / Eric Kalb (Deep Banana Blackout) / The Shirelles RRHF / David Backer (Chuck Berry) / Chris Risola (Steel Heart) / Alan Gorie (Average White Band) / Vivian Cambell (DIO) / Dave Anderson (Michael McDonald) / Rui Veloso / Gene Chandler / Uncle Carl (Ruth Gersan) / Freda Payne / Katrina Chester / The B-Stools (Def Jam) / Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) / The Coasters RRHF / Ivan Bodley (Corey Glover) / Scott Krietzer (Spyro Gyra) / Uncle Floyd / Danny & The Juniors / Jon Paris / The Elegants / The Chiffons / Billy J. Kramer / Susan Lucci / Bill Evans / Dave Livolsi (John Scofield) / PV / Joe Comeau (Annihilator) / Chuck Loeb / Clyde Jones (Larry Corryell) / Gus Vali (United Artists) / Joe Maguinte (Psychedelic Furs) / The Platters RRHF / The Limelites / The Orioles RRHF / Mad Mike (Mick Taylor) / Tim Regousis (Johnathan Butler) / WWF (XFL) / The Teenagers / Woody Allen's movie "Scenes from the Mall"

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