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.
"Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City has announced their inaugural Cornfed Folk Fest, a new music festival that will take place on two stages on Saturday, June 8." - Geneveive Trainor of Little Village Magazine. The lineup includes Iowa's own Chad Elliott. Read the full announcement HERE.
Chad Elliott's Wilderman's Series exhibition will be on display at Art Domestique Gallery in Washington, IA from Mar. 8 - Apr. 30, 2019. The exhibit will feature 15 3x4 foot canvas paintings that are also the illustrations for his upcoming release of Wilderman's River Rhymes children's book. An opening reception was held on March 16 from 12 - 2:30 p.m. at Art Domestique with Chad Elliott in attendance. Read coverage of the opening in the Washington Evening Journal HERE.
Chad Elliott and The Redemptions recorded a live set for the Sun Studio Sessions which will air on public television across the nation soon. In fact, it already debuted on Alabama Public Television. The show features a behind the scenes look at artists recording at the famed Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. As part of that project, a live video of "Pontchartrain" was just released. Check it out below. And stay tuned to this blog to find out when and where the full episode will be aired or follow Sun Studio on twitter to hear announcements of all Sun Studio Sessions episode airings.
Chad Elliott released a vinyl album recorded at Skunkworks Studios in Capitola, California on Feb. 24, 2019. The album was produced by Brian Brinkerhoff (Disney Music, BMG, Nettwerk) and Frank Swart (Patty Griffin, Norah Jones, John Hiatt, Indigo Girls,etc) as part of a 7" Vinyl Singles Club called "The Need To Know Sessions."
Chad Elliott joins an a list of excellent musicians who have participated in the project including John Hammond, Todd Snider, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Matt Nathanson, Marc Ford and Chris Robinson from the Black Crowes, Gil Landry from the Old Crow Medicine Show, Stelth from The Lumineers, The Steel Wheels and Malcolm Holcombe.
The vinyl album has two tracks, "Toulouse Street" and "Pontchartrain." It is available online at https://www.needtoknowmusic.com/ or it can be purchased at live shows. It is also available at Vinyl Cup Records in Des Moines, IA.
Americana Songwriter residing in the Midwest.