Grand Rapids native Drew Nelson joined the Navy and started playing his songs all over the world. He lists his influences as "Greg Brown, Peter Mulvey, Tom Waits, Patty Griffin, Lyle Lovett, Richard Shindell, Andrew Calhoun, Kat Eggleston, John Gorka, Jan Krist, Ralston Bowles, U2, Bruce Cockburn, and, well . . . Dylan, Dylan, Dylan." He's opened for John Gorka, a big fan, at The Ark, and has toured with Melissa Etheridge and Edwin McCain. Signed to the prestigious Red House label, Drew recently released the album "Tilt-a-Whirl." A fly fisherman and world traveler, he writes as a witness to the lives and journeys of those he has met along the way, mixing Americana and roots rock with traditional folk styles.