"Watching Nelson play guitar is essentially witnessing the deconstruction of the instrument. Listening is a journey through American roots: jazz, country, blues, classical, folk and whatever it is that ties them all together. Nelson’s knowledge of the guitar and the dexterity with which he explores its intricacies is simply amazing. I swear the guy’s got more than ten fingers."
Frank De Blase, City Newspaper, Rochester NY
Kinloch Nelson's 45-year career has run the gamut from classical recitals and folk concerts to club and festival dates in the USA, Canada, Ireland, and Peru. Over the years Nelson has performed with, Muriel Anderson, Vicki Genfan, Tony McManus, Ed Gerhard, Teja Gerken (Acoustic Guitar Mag), Al Petteway (Ken Burns documentaries), and noted harp guitarists Stephen Bennett and Canada's Claude LaFlamme.
Nelson is familiar to Rochester's audiences through years of local performances both with bands and as a solo act, including broadcast appearances on WXXI's Open Tunings, OnStage concert series, and Noontime At Hochstein. Other performances locally and nationally have included Time/Warner Jazz Festival, Golden Link's Turtle Hill Folk Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Owen Sound Folk Festival, Fretted Instrument Guild of America, The Newport, Montreal and Healdsburg Guitar Festivals, The NAAM Shows in Nashville & Los Angeles, and more recently the Luthier's Invitational Guitar Festival in Woodstock NY.