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Mother Earth (Rock)

The late-'60s/early-'70s blues-rock outfit Mother Earth was led by singer Tracy Nelson and issued several somewhat underappreciated releases during their time span. Nelson was originally from Madison, WI, and it was while attending the University of Wisconsin that the singer was discovered by producer Sam Charters and was eventually signed to a recording contract with the Prestige label. 1965 saw the release of Nelson's solo debut, the folk-based Deep Are the Roots, and when it didn't exactly burn up the charts, Nelson decided to relocate to San Francisco, with the hopes of forming a more conventional rock outfit. Shortly after arriving on the West Coast, Mother Earth was formed, which led to performances at the famed Fillmore West, opening for the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Burdon. After an appearance on the soundtrack to the 1968 motion picture Revolution (which also featured the Quicksilver Messenger Service and the Steve Miller Band), Mother Earth signed with Mercury Records and issued a steady stream of releases until the early '70s.

These albums included 1968's Living with the Animals 1969's Tracy Nelson Country and Make a Joyful Noise, 1970's Satisfied, 1971's Bring Me Home, 1972's Tracy Nelson/Mother Earth, and 1973's Poor Man's Paradise, before Nelson pursued a solo career. Subsequently, Nelson earned a Grammy nomination in 1974 for the track "After the Fire Is Gone" (a duet with Willie Nelson) and continued to issue solo albums until the early '80s, when she became disillusioned with the direction that popular music was going in (although she did sing backup for Neil Young for a spell in the mid-'80s, including appearing with Young at the mammoth Live Aid concert in 1985). Nelson returned to music in the '90s, beginning with 1993's In the Here and Now, continuing to issue solo recordings (and in 1998, earned another Grammy nomination for the release Sing It!, a collaboration with Marcia Ball and Irma Thomas). ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Tracy Nelson has one of those voices that reaches right into your soul and tugs. This is the first time I've heard her and hopefully NOT the last!
tslavinl21
Down So Low... maybe one of the great pieces of art to ever be recorded. From a blues perspective it is perfection
Thanks for fixing the bio! Credit where it's due and all that...
Is anyone home? Does anyone care? I feel so alone...
dmeals
thank god there's others out there who know the difference between TN&Mother Earth and a UK jazz group.
kkkkkken
What happens in Pandora stays in Pandora....i n c l u d i n g acid jazz? I'd prefer to see Pandora cure it's acid indigestion (check their source) than toss names and insults at the undeserving. PANDORA..... a n y o n e home?????
OK who screwed this up? Tracy Nelson is still one of the great contemporary blues voices out there. Mother Earth was a classic from the SF 60's (tho' not a "psychedelic " band.) How dare those Brits use this name! I know, I think I'll call my band "The Beatles"! Hey, Pandora, isn't it about time to fix this bio?
You're mixing up two bands with the same name in your Selected Discography.

You've got the Brit "acid/jazz" band AND the San Fran based (Tracy Nelson fronted) blues-rock-c o u n t r y - y o u n a m e group.
An acid jazz combo from the U.K. -- This is NOT Tracy Nelson & Mother Earth

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