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
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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.
Americana Songwriter residing in the Midwest.