New Album Singing River Released
Chad Elliott's 25th album, Singing River, is now available! Elliott traveled to Muscle Shoals, AL with famed Iowa musician and producer Bo Ramsey to lay the tracks. Singing River was recorded at FAME Recording Studios, where music legends Etta James, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and many others laid renowned songs into the fabric of time. Ramsey, who produced Singing River, lent his signature sound on guitar. He was joined by two original Muscle Shoals Swampers, Spooner Oldham and David Hood. The new Americana/roots/blues mix that arose in Singing River is exactly the sound Elliott was hoping to create. The album was released on May 17, 2021. Purchase the album here.
Chad Elliott will perform live at Stephens Auditorium with Bo Ramsey on May 9, 2021 as part of a fundraising event for KHOI Community Radio. Check out the Ames Tribune article HERE.
A Pandemic Year in Review
A message from Chad:
"2020 was a hell of a year. It was very hard for everyone. I won't dwell long on all of the things that were lost, or how difficult it was making a living as a full time musician whose family's sole income previously derived from live performance. We all have our own story to tell during that difficult year. Perhaps the hardest for me, was to see the hard earned full calendar my wife had booked, our family's financial security, be erased in only a few weeks time. It was heart wrenching. Actually...no...it was more like a gut punch.
"But there were also some amazing things that came out of 2020.
"First of all, my perspective shifted drastically just when it needed some serious shifting. It made me grateful for all of the work I have been given in the past. After more than a decade of playing an average of over 200 shows a year, I had become used to the continuous grind. When it came to a screeching halt, I realized how numb I had become to the very thing I sought inspiration from when I began 25 years ago. It forced me to pivot and imagine new and creative ways to engage my fans and community.
"I was also so very fortunate to spend more time with my family while creating a thriving art business out of my home studio. I was grateful for my fans.
"All in all...my takeaway from last years trials was this: flow, adapt and thrive with a heart filled with Gratitude.
"I am so happy to be playing music again. All of the new shows filling my calendar are wonderful. But, more importantly, my perspective has been renewed and I feel like the gained insights from last year make each upcoming performance more of a "life event"... in a noble profession of which I hope I am worthy.
"I look forward to seeing all of you out there in this big ol' world. Big Love and carry on!"
2020 Cancelled/Postponed Gigs:
March 20 Temple Theater show in DSM CANCELLED (ticket holders will be refunded)
March 28 The Gathering Place show in New Hampton POSTPONED
April 2 Greene County Elementary School CANCELLED
April 2 La Poste show in Perry, IA CANCELLED
April 3 Cajun Jack's show in Elizabeth, IL CANCELLED
April 4 Bishop Hill Book Fair, Bishop Hill, IL POSTPONED
April 17 The Talk Shop Lounge in St. Charles CANCELLED
April 22 Rockwell City Elementary CANCELLED
April 24 Arts on Grand exhibit opening in Spencer, IA POSTPONED to 2021
April 25 Earth Day Celebration at Swan Lake Park CANCELLED
April 29 Wine Down Wednesday at The Stuffed Olive in Des Moines, IA CANCELLED
May 1 Noce, Des Moines, IA POSTPONED
May 2 Covered Bridges Winery, Winterset, IA CANCELLED
May 7 Private Event, Boise, ID CANCELLED
May 15 Eagle's Run Bar & Grill, Bayard, IA POSTPONED
May 16 Okoboji Brewing Co., Spirit Lake, IA CANCELLED
May 22 Greenwood Lounge, Des Moines, IA CANCELLED
May 30 Loess Hills Prairie Seminar, IA CANCELLED
June 6 Private Event, Des Moines, IA POSTPONED
June 6 Private Event, Exira, IA CANCELLED
June 13 Bell Tower Festival, Jefferson, IA CANCELLED
June 13 Blanden Art Museum festival, Fort Dodge, IA CANCELLED
June 18 Warren Cultural Center, Greenfield, IA CANCELLED
June 19 Grinnell College Golf Course, Grinnell, IA POSTPONED
June 20 The Lingonberry, Decorah, IA POSTPONED
June 25 Cedar Rapids Public Library Evening Show, Cedar Rapids, IA CANCELLED
June 27 Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA CANCELLED
July 3 Sips & Songs, Ankeny, IA CANCELLED
July 10 Bicycles, Blues & BBQ, Clear Lake, IA POSTPONED to 2021
July 17 Dickinson County Trails fundraiser, Okoboji, IA CANCELLED
July 24 Haymarket, Decorah, IA CANCELLED
July 25 Vue Rooftop, Iowa City, IA CANCELLED
July 31 Spencer Public Library, Spencer, IA CANCELLED
August 1 Local Blend, St. Joseph, MN CANCELLED
August 13 Eagles Run Bar, Bayard, IA CANCELLED
August 30 Greenwood Lounge, Des Moines, IA CANCELLED
September 4 Art Center of St. Peter Exhibition, St. Peter, MN POSTPONED to 2022
September 5 Private Event, Des Moines, IA CANCELLED
September 6 Private Event, Earlham, IA CANCELLED
September 13 Unitarian Universalist Church, Okoboji, IA POSTPONED
September 24 Fat Hill Brewing, Mason City, IA CANCELLED
September 25 Mills Seed Co. workshop, Washington, IA CANCELLED
October 10 Crafts & Drafts, Ames, IA CANCELLED
October 23 Black Rose Acoustic Society, Black Forest, CO CANCELLED
December 11 Century Farms Distillery, Spencer, IA POSTPONED
December 13 Byron's, Pomeroy, IA CANCELLED
January 9 Covered Bridges Winery, Winterset, IA POSTPONED
South Dakota Public Radio hosted Chad Elliott for an interview on their program, Moment in Sound. Check it out here.
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
Introducing: The Wildervan
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!
Americana Songwriter residing in the Midwest.