Chad Elliott has a new ride: The Wildervan. This new van will allow Elliott the opportunity to transport whole art exhibits to and from galleries across the country. It will also serve as a home-on-wheels for him while he tours the country. In fact, he even plans to create works of art while touring, now that he'll have the space he needs.
Elliott is currently working to renovate the inside of the van to accommodate life on the road. So far, he has a bed and a storage area for his sound equipment. He will be adding much, much more, but it'll take time and funds.
Be on the lookout at shows for the Wildervan!
Chad Elliott was featured in the June 2020 issue of Okoboji Magazine. The article covers everything from how he started in the music business, to his recent painting work and even how he's handling Covid-19 as an artist.
“I sometimes wonder how it all landed where it landed. I’m touring, playing my own songs and I’m also there dropping off my kids on the first day of school. I think artists need to hear that that’s a possibility. It’s all in my Google calendar! It’s a dream come true and it keeps getting sweeter and sweeter.” - Chad Elliott
Read the full article HERE.
Hagerstown Album Now Available
Chad Elliott released a new album this week to his patrons on Patreon. Join Chad Elliott's community of supporters and gain access to exclusive music, art and poetry. And, fo course, Patreon members can now access Elliott's latest album, Hagerstown. This album is not available anywhere else. Click here to learn more about Patreon.
The Kerrville Folk Festival foundation announced finalists, including Chad Elliott for the 2020 Grassy Hill New Folk Songwriting Competition to be held in Texas in October. This isn't Elliott's first trip to the Kerrville Folk Festival as he was a New Folk finalist in 2008 and 2018.
"Kerrville is one of my favorite places to go if I need to reconnect with my purpose as a songwriter. The first time I attended I was overwhelmed with the community of musicians I met there. Nothing can replace being in the Texas hill country sharing songs around the campfires with some of the best writers of our times."
Abigail Lapell, Toronto, Ontario, CA
Alex Wong, Nashville, TN
Andy Baker, Gobles, MI
Anne E. DeChant, Avon Lake, OH
Aubryn Stevens, Nashville, TN
Chad Elliott, Lamoni, IA
China Kent, Denver, CO
Claire Kelly, Nashville, TN
Clint Alphin, Nashville, TN
Daniel Elixir, Brixey, MO
Eliza Edens, Williamstown, MA
Jeremy Facknitz, Colorado Springs, CO
John John Brown, Pauling, NY
Justina Shandler, Roanoke, VA
Louise Mosrie Coombe, Williamsburg, MA
Michael Prysock, Dallas, TX
Nancy Beaudette, Cornwall, Ontario, CA
Nick Depuy, New Canaan, CT
Russ Parrish, Burnsville, MN
Ryan Davenport, Taylor, TX
Sadie Gustafson-Zook, Boston, MA
Shanna in a Dress, Boulder, CO
Susan Cattaneo, Medford, MA
T Buckley, Calgary, Alberta CA
See current list of finalists here.
View past finalists here.
Tickets and information for the festival are available here.
In a post titled, "New Ideas and Songs to Give Us Hope," Karen Impola of Iowa Public Radio posted a song by Chad Elliott. The song, "Cageless Canaries," was written by Elliott on the night John Prine passed.
View the post here.
Check out the Iowa Public Radio article by Tony Dehner featuring quotes from Chad Elliott about the pandemic's effect on musicians.
"It was very deflating, but to be honest, as we got closer and closer to our studio time I was not ready to cut a record with so much anxiety looming over us." - Chad Elliott
Full article here: https://www.iowapublicradio.org/post/pandemic-throws-album-releases-recording-plans-limbo#stream/0
Americana Songwriter residing in the Midwest.