Grammy Award-winning guitar player and songwriter Bo Ramsey and Wood Guthrie Song Contest winner Chad Elliott will co-bill a show at the Temple Theater, 1011 Locust St., Des Moines, IA, on March 20, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
“I am honored to share the stage with Bo. This venue will be a wonderful place to put on a great show,” Elliott said.
This isn't the first time Ramsey and Elliott have crossed paths, as Ramsey produced Elliott's 2009 release, Redemption Man.
“It was a pleasure working with Chad on the record. Ever since I’ve been hoping that we would have another opportunity to work together again. Well, that time has come,” Ramsey said.
It won't be the last time they work together, either. Shortly after this performance, the two will head to Muscle Shoals, AL to record Elliott's next album at FAME Studios.
“This upcoming record will be a bucket list project for me. Recording in a legendary room with legendary artists like Bo and a couple of the original Muscle Shoals ‘Swampers.’ I can’t think of anything better,” Elliott said.
Tickets to see Bo Ramsey and Chad Elliott live at the Temple Theater on March 20 are now on sale at https://desmoinesperformingarts.org/.
“I am looking forward to our show in Des Moines and hope that we deliver a night of quality music and songs,” Ramsey said.
For those who might recognize Bo Ramsey by his association with artists like Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown, Kevin Gordon, Pieta Brown, Charlie Parr and others, his new music is the perfect introduction to someone who always listens and plays with his own sonic vision in full motion. So not surprisingly, the list of Ramsey’s accolades is long: including Grammy-award winning guitar player, two-time Grammy nominated producer, Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Iowa Blues Hall of Famer.
“For the show at the Temple Theater, I’m going to play a set of my songs accompanied by Marty Christensen on bass guitar and Randall Davis on electric guitar,” Ramsey said.
Elliott’s music blends folk roots, swampy blues and soulful writing to deliver an original Americana sound. His live performances have been honed over a decade of being on the road performing more than 200 shows each year. Elliott is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance man” by Culture Buzz Magazine. He has penned more than 1,500 songs in his career while also cultivating his skills as a painter, sculptor, illustrator and author (Wilderman’s Treetop Tales; Rumble & Flash).
To Learn more about Bo Ramsey, visit www.boramsey.com. To learn more about Chad Elliott, visit www.chadelliott.net.
Chad Elliott will be traveling to Muscle Shoals, AL to record at FAME Studios in March 2020. This new album will include players such as Bo Ramsey, David Hood and Spooner Oldman. He has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed to get to Alabama and make this new album possible.
Chad Elliott appeared on South Dakota Public Radio's show "Moment in Sound" on Dec. 6, 2019. Check out the interview here.
Chad Elliott and Hope Dunbar appeared on NET Radio's broadcast of Friday Live on Nov. 15, 2019. Check out the stream of the show here.
Chad Elliott performed live to a sold-out audience for the Des Moines Storytellers Project on October 21, 2019. The theme of the night was "True Tall Tales" and Elliott certainly delivered. Watch the Elliott's full performance above or find more information about the evening available is here.
Recorded at Sun Studio for PBS’ Sun Studio Sessions documentary, Chad Elliott and the Redemptions will release King Pelican on November 3, 2019.
LAMONI, IA -- Midwest singer-songwriter, artist and author, Chad Elliott, independently releases King Pelican on November 3, 2019. King Pelican holds 8 tracks recorded live with his band, The Redemptions, during a set for The Sun Studio Sessions documentary series featured on PBS. The show is currently airing nationwide. The entire album delivers the goods. It is a colorful album including songs such as the title track, a fun New Orleans-style number about a ne'er-do-well character, and "Paris," which would make Humphrey Bogart shed a tear.
Elliott blends folk roots, swampy blues and soulful writing to deliver an original Americana sound. His live performances have been honed over a decade of being on the road performing more than 200 shows each year. Elliott is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance man” by Culture Buzz Magazine. He has penned more than 1,500 songs in his career while also cultivating his skills as a painter, sculptor, illustrator and author (Wilderman’s Treetop Tales; Rumble & Flash).
“That man’s music is as honest as was Woody Guthrie’s.” - Atesh Sonneborn, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Elliott’s early career demonstrates a love of folk, roots and singer-songwriter music. He has worked with many greats and shared the stage with artists of the highest caliber, including Odetta, Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright III, R.L. Burnside, Ruthie Foster, Jimmie Vaughan, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, etc.
On his 20th album, Wreck and Ruin, Elliott dove into his love of roots-rock, soul and blues music with a rocking band behind his artfully crafted songs. Producer and drummer, Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) lined up the best rhythm and lead players in Nashville to create Elliott’s greatest album to date. Guitarist and bassist Kenny Vaughan and Dave Roe, legendary Nashville players, add the needed touches to rocket Elliott’s songs into a new arena of hard driving Americana.
“Chad Elliott has assembled not only a great group of songs, but some of Nashville's finest roots music practitioners and producer drummer Ken Coomer to make a soulful and beautiful album. Townes would be proud.” - Will Kimbrough about Wreck and Ruin
On his 21st album, RINGGOLD, Elliott recorded songs at his home studio in Iowa. The studio, built in his grandparents’ former home, helped him connect with his roots and explore difficult songs about those closest to him. It was released in 2017.
Today, with his band The Redemptions, there is a marked shift in his sound that is entirely original. Elliott released his 22nd album, Rest Heavy: The Sun Studio Sessions, in 2018. Greg Brown said of the new album, it’s “low, loose and full of juice. This album’s got a lot of life to it.”
With Rest Heavy, Elliott shows his love of roots-rock, soul, and blues music with a rocking band behind his artfully crafted songs and gravelly delivery. Elliott, performing on acoustic guitar and harmonica, is joined by his full band, The Redemptions, including Tommy Lewis, Travis McFarlane, Kevin Boehnke, Joseph Cafaro, and Jim Van Dorn. The self-produced album was recorded at the famed Sun Studio in Memphis, TN by Ples Hampton. Hampton said, “It was honestly one of the best sessions I've ever had up here. This is gold.”
Elliott and his band returned Memphis and Sun Studio to record King Pelican. It is Elliott’s 23rd album released.
King Pelican Tracks:
Chad Elliott - vocals, guitar; Tommy Lewis - lead guitar, harmonica, vocals; Travis McFarlane - keys; Jim Van Dorn - drums, percussion; Joseph Cafaro - upright bass; Kevin Boehnke - trumpet, lead guitar
For more information, tour dates and news from Chad Elliott, please visit, www.chadelliott.net, www.facebook.com/elliottmusic, www.twitter.com/chadelliottlive, and www.instagram.com/chadelliottmusic.
Americana Songwriter residing in the Midwest.