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Red Wing native Alex Nelson recently on stage at CMA Fest in Nashville.

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Alex Nelson can the play the piano. With his classical training and naturally gifted ear, the 22 year-old Red Wing native was recently hand picked by the up-and-coming country band Charissa and Country Cross to join their summer touring schedule.


Since joining the six-member crew as a keyboardist, Nelson has been exposed to the world of the traveling musician - from his recent time in Nashville to preparing for the nation's largest music festival, Summerfest in Milwaukee.

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Stacy Bengs-Silverberg
Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.
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