Chad Elliott’s 24th studio album, Tangle with the Ghost, is a rich collection of Americana roots songs. It was recorded alongside other Iowa artists at Old School Studios in Auburn, IA with producer/artist Todd Partridge.
The record, set for a Nov. 13, 2020 release, is sonically diverse. Each track is like a painting or vignette reckoning with the dark night of the soul. “Sometimes you must do the things that frighten you the most. That’s why I still tangle with the ghost,” Elliott sings on the title track.
While not always autobiographical, each character conveyed seems to be wrestling with their own ghosts of a vivid past. Elliott spent many years immersing in America’s subcultures, roaming its backroads and alleyways and Tangle with the Ghost is result.
Tangle with the Ghost will be released as a digital download only. Find out how to download the album here: https://chadelliott.hearnow.com/tangle-with-the-ghost. (Downloads will not work until Nov. 13, 2020.)
Tangle with the Ghost Tracks:
1. Strayful and Feverfew (3:13)
2. Cold Nevada Rain (4:24)
3. Mystery of Love (5:13)
4. Painters and Boxers (3:55)
5. Tangle with the Ghost (4:30)
6. Such a Long Night She's In (4:18)
7. The Seedling Mile (4:29)
8. Sign of the Times (4:20)
9. Waitin' in Dayton (3:29)
Tangle with the Ghost Players:
Chad Elliott: guitar, lead vocals
Todd Partridge: producer, studio engineering and mixing, keyboard, dobro, guitar
Reilly Partridge: bass, studio engineering
Adam Smith: bass vocals on track 1
Adam Audlehelm: keyboards, melodica
Ryan Audlehelm: drums
Tina Haase Findlay: vocals on tracks 1, 2, 3 & 8
Aaron Ehrlich: saxophone
Andy Poppen: trumpet
Matt Woods: lead guitar on tracks 1, 7 & 8
Celeste Yeager Karan: clarinet, vocals on track 5
Russ Tomlinson: drums on tracks 7 & 9
Chad McDermott: organ on track 5
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.
Americana Songwriter residing in the Midwest.