By Britt Bickel

Twin sons of famed ’50s singer and actor Ricky Nelson are paying tribute to their father’s music in a very special way this weekend.

Gunnar and Matthew Nelson sat in with The K-EARTH Morning Show to talk about the sold-out Ricky Nelson Remembered shows, as well as performing at the morning show’s 10 anniversary celebration at Gladstone’s in Malibu this July.

Photos: Gunnar and Matthew Nelson In-Studio at K-EARTH 101

The Nelson brothers have put together a unique medley of music that fans have cherished over the years and stories about the life of Ricky including what it was like growing up with a famous father.

“We get a chance to go through our dad’s life and tell stories about him and play these great songs,” said Gunnar.

Even during their own hit career as the rock group Nelson, their father was a big inspiration to their music and helping them deal with the highs and lows of fame.

“Our dad kind of taught us well on that one, it’s a matter of handling the highs and the lows,” said Gunnar. “He was the comeback king. This was the guy that his his early career on TV, made his own mark with his own early pioneering rock and roll, and then when everyone counted him down and out – over, irrelevant – he actually comes out with ‘Garden Party’ and Stone Canyon Band and proves them wrong.”

Ricky Nelson Remembered happens this Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17 at Curtis Theatre in Brea. Listen to both parts of our in-studio interview with Gunnar and Matthew Nelson below.

In part one of the interview, the Nelson brothers talk about paying tribute to their rock star father’s music in the upcoming sold out shows for Ricky Nelson Remembered. They tell early stories about watching their father play on stage, which inspired them to take up music, as well as performing shows with Ricky’s original guitar player, James Burton.

In part two of the interview, the Nelson brothers talk about performing for The K-EARTH 101 Morning Show’s 10th Anniversary celebration at Gladstone’s in Malibu this July 13th.

They also talk about tricking people by switching identities and how Ricky helped them deal with their massive fame at the height of their rock career in the ’90s.

Comments (2)
  1. RainbowRay says:

    I love Ricky Nelson’s music (he also appeared on “Here Come The Nelson’s” from the 50’s) and have been listening to his music since my teens. I remember when he died; I think it was on New Year’s Eve 1985 in a plane crash (just like Buddy Holly, Big Bopper and Richie Valens on that fateful day in February of 59).


  2. Sue Jepson says:

    I recently saw the Nelson boys at a second generation concert in Cerritos. They had a meet and greet afterwards and they were totally wonderful!!! Chatted with folks, took pics, and signed autographs…a sheer joy to be around.

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