From IPR's Java Blend: "Iowa singer-songwriter and children's book author Chad Elliott brings his knack for simple-yet-profound songwriting to The Java House stage in this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend." The accomplished creative also provides glimpses of his forthcoming album, "RINGGOLD."" Read the full article and listen to the recorded session HERE. (Photo above from IPR's Java Blend.)
Check out TimesCitizen.com's IowArt interview featuring Chad Elliott HERE.
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From Chad Elliott: I'm working on two new albums! The First, "RINGGOLD", has already been recorded. The Second, which hasn't been named, will be recorded in September at the famed Sun Studio in Memphis, TN.
About RINGGOLD: The "RINGGOLD" album has already been recorded and is awaiting funds to move into the production phase. It's an album that travels back to my roots, recorded in my grandparent's home in Lamoni, IA and co-produced with my guitarist, Tommy Lewis. I also brought in several friends to play on it from around Iowa. I am very proud of how it turned out!
About the Sun Studio Album: I will travel to Memphis to record this album in September at the famed Sun Studio, where greats such as Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley recorded. My band, The Redemptions, will head to Memphis with me to cut some live tracks for the album. Tommy Lewis, Jim Van Dorn and Joe Cafaro will all be a part of this project. It's sure to be a wild ride! I plan to release the album in the winter.
- Chad Elliott
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Chad Elliott is in the studio this week working on a new album. The album, titled “Ringgold,” will likely be released in the spring.
“I was born in Ringgold County in Southern Iowa. This album is about family, home and my life as a songwriter for the past 20 years. It takes a trip back to my roots, my hometown of Lamoni. In fact, we’re recording in my grandfolks' house,” Elliott said.
Elliott purchased his grandfather’s home last fall and set up a recording studio in the basement.
“I decided in order to get the soul of these songs, I really needed to be in a place of my childhood to get that magic connection with the music. I am very happy I did. My kids get to hang out around the musicians and see what their daddy does for a living. The heart of this album, ‘Ringgold,’ is going to be unmistakable,” Elliott said.
With the help of Johnny Audette as mixing engineer and Texas guitar player and songwriter Tommy Lewis as co-producer, production of the album is running smooth. Elliott will be joined by players such as Lewis, Jim Van Dorn and Dave Hearn. All three frequently appear with Elliott on tour. Fans can expect Ringgold to have the full-band vibe carried at Elliott’s live shows.
“I have played with these guys throughout the last year and we have formed a pretty tight unit. I also have Joe Cafaro on upright bass, Nathan Emerson on pedal steel guitar and Kevin Boehnke on trumpet. Another highlight on ‘Ringgold’ is The Pale Moons duo member Anna Kopaska on some soulful harmonies throughout the album. All in all, I am very excited to have such amazing people on this album,” Elliott said.
Ringgold will include recent crowd-favorites, such as the hard-hitting ballad “I Am Thunder, I Am Lightning,” and the deeper tones of “Highway Symphony.” Elliott has been performing these songs on stages across the United States over the past year, getting them ready for the record.
“I’m very excited to share these songs,” Elliott said.
A release date for Ringgold will be announced when the album is in post-production. For now, be sure to catch Chad Elliott on tour and request a song live.
"In America today, the general population sure gets the wrong end of the stick when it comes to gifted artists. We get a kind of 'pop-mass-bubblegum' style of music all over the top-40 charts. We rarely, and I mean RARELY hear the objective beauty of a devoted dedicated artist like Chad Elliott." - Country Music News International. Read the full article HERE.