REED CITY \u2013 Fusing genres of music into a work of rock \u2018n blues love, The Paul Nelson Band is on the road entertaining a new generation of blues and rock fans. Performing Friday, Aug. 5, at Rambadt Park in Reed City, The Paul Nelson Band is tracing back through the old route Paul Nelson used to play when he was performing with the late blues artist Johnny Winter. \u201cI\u2019ve been up that way many times with Johnny and it\u2019s on the route we\u2019d take to scoot over to Canada,\u201d said Nelson. The Paul Nelson Band has come together in the last year, recorded and produced their most recent album, \u201cBadass Generation.\u201d Influenced by his own experience with Johnny Winter and by personal favorites such as Bad Company, Led Zeppelin, Boston and Queen, Nelson wants to keep the sound fresh by fusing blues and rock \u2018n\u2019 roll. \u201cPeople are open to variety and audiences crave this stuff,\u201d said Nelson. \u201cListeners want music they won\u2019t get bored with easily.\u201d \u201cPaul is really a master of the craft and of making a song,\u201d said Morten Fredheim, fellow songwriter and singer in the Paul Nelson Band. \u201cEven when he\u2019s making a solo for a song, he\u2019s all about writing something great for the song, not just trying to impress people.\u201d Nelson, who has built an impressive career for himself in the guitar world, studied under Steve Vai at Berklee College of Music and attributes his rise to hard work and doing what he loves day in and day out. His musical career hasn\u2019t only been highlighted by his beginnings with Vai or his time with Johnny Winter. He\u2019s performed with Slash, Gov\u2019t Mule, Sonny Landreth and Vince Gill, to name a few. \u201cI studied hard and paid my dues,\u201d said Nelson. \u201cI\u2019ve got to record with guys like Eric Clapton, and last year I received a Grammy, along with Johnny Winter for the album \u2018Step Back.\u2019 I accepted the Grammy on his behalf. \u201cI\u2019ve performed with a lot great musicians. Some of them have passed, but I\u2019ve been fortunate to play with them.\u201d When Nelson called him to come back to the United States from his home in Norway to sing for the band, Fredheim said the call caught him by surprise.\u00a0This tour isn\u2019t the first time they\u2019ve worked together, but it is a new experience being in the same band, said Fredheim. \u201cI\u2019ve been playing blues-rock since I was 18 or 19,\u201d said Fredheim. \u201cI\u2019ve done a lot of different music, from classical to jazz and hard rock. I\u2019m a curious person and I\u2019m always on the lookout for new music. \u201cThe blues rock scene is an American tradition. Being European, I devoured this stuff.\u201d Nelson and Fredheim said they\u2019re already working on new music while they\u2019re on the road. \u201cWe\u2019ve been sitting in a hotel room writing and jamming when we get the chance,\u201d said Nelson. More information about Paul Nelson and The Paul Nelson Band can be found on Facebook by searching for the Paul Nelson Band, and on his website paulnelsonguitar.com.