Nels Cline

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Nels Courtney Cline (born January 4, 1956 in Los Angeles) is an American guitarist and composer.

He first came to prominence in the 1980s playing jazz, often in collaboration with his identical twin brother Alex Cline, a drummer. Since then, Nels has worked with a wide range of musicians in punk and alternative rock, notably Mike Watt, Thurston Moore and Wilco (the latter as a full-time member since 2004). He also leads the groups the Nels Cline Singers and Nels Cline Trio.

Cline was named the 82nd greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in November 2011, and the 43rd greatest guitarist of all time by Spin magazine in May 2012.

  1. ^ MetroLyrics – "You Are My Face" Songwriters: Nels Courtney Cline; Jeffrey Scott Tweedy
  2. ^ Fusilli, Jim (2010-10-05), "Four Rock Nomads Unite for a Fleeting Tune", The Wall Streer Journal, retrieved 2011-03-31 
  3. ^ California Births, 1905 - 1995, Nels C. Cline
  4. ^ "100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  5. ^ "SPIN's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". SPIN. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Pillow Wand Nels Cline & Thurston Moore 1
1999 Interstellar Space Revisted: The Music of John Coltrane Nels Cline & Gregg Bendian 1
2000 The Inkling Nels Cline 1
2001 Destroy All Nels Cline Nels Cline 1
2004 Buried on Bunker Hill Nels Cline & Devin Sarno 1
2005 Immolation/Immersion Nels Cline & Wally Shoup & Chris Corsano 1
2006 New Monastery: A View into the Music of Andrew Hill Nels Cline 1
2009 Coward Nels Cline 1
2010 DIRTY BABY Nels Cline 1
2014 Room Nels Cline & Julian Lage 1
2014 The Woodstock Sessions, Vol. 2 Medeski, Martin & Wood + Nels Cline 1
Angelica Nels Cline 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Rhino Westwood In-Store 12/30/96 Nels Cline & Thurston Moore 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Live at Easthampton Town Hall Zeena Parkins & Nels Cline & Thurston Moore 1
2007 Nothing Makes Any Sense Cline & Giffoni & Licht & Ranaldo 1

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