Nelson to release album with performance

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Pendleton musician Barbara Nelson will release her newest album Thursday in a performance at the Pendleton Center for the Arts.

The show begins at 7 p.m., and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St., or over the phone at (541) 278-9201.

The concert features Nelson playing guitar and singing. "When I Was a Cowgirl" is Nelson's fifth album, and according to "Rope Burns," a western magazine, it is topping the charts. Nelson's albums are all combinations of blues, jazz and western music.

Two of Nelson's previous albums, "Back to My Boots & Saddle" and "Round-Up Ready," were nominated for the Cowboy-Western Swing Album of 2008 and 2009 by the Western Music Association.

"When I Was a Cowgirl" features the musical talents of Ron Caldwell. Caldwell accompanies Nelson on the harmonica in some of the recordings, and he will join her on stage for a few songs. Caldwell and Nelson met at a Saturday Jam Session at the Great Pacific Wine & Coffee Co. in Pendleton.

Nelson is often seen at these jam sessions, playing with other musicians.

"I think it's really good. It stretches you to play in keys you don't really play in and songs you don't play." Nelson said.

Some 15 musicians gather at the shop each weekend to jam together, each taking a turn to lead something they know.

"I just like to play and I like to sing," Nelson said.

The concert is full of fun music and favorites from the '40s and '50s, a section of Willie Nelson songs and some of Nelson's own favorites.

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