Rick Sings Nelson was his second album (and first studio album) with The Stone Canyon Band (now consisting of guitarist Allen Kemp, bassist Jim Cetera, pedal steel guitarist Tom Brumley and drummer Patrick Shanahan). It followed the formula of its predecessor In Concert, consisting of up-beat country-rock highlighted by strong vocal harmonies, though it differed in that it consisted of all new original Nelson compositions. It wasn't exactly a chart success - none of the singles from the album charted, and the album itself didn't reach the top 100. However it was surely an artistic triumph for Nelson. For most of the mid-to-late 60s he had been somewhat lost artistically, as his original rock & roll style had lost its market, and he himself was maturing as an artist and had wanted to distance himself from his earlier teen idol image. For many years he floundered, but with his new Stone Canyon Band he had found a new sound to call his own, and they now had two strong, consistent albums under their belt (even if they hadn't lit up the charts).
In Concert (1970) <|> Rudy The Fifth (1971)
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