Chad Elliott traveled to Sun Studio in Memphis, TN with his band, The Redemptions, to record this live album. Chad was humbled to perform his original music in the same hallowed space where greats such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash laid landmark tracks. This album has been mixed and mastered, but has not been released. Here is a selection of three songs from the 11-track list:
About Chad Elliott: Like the dark earth of his Iowa origins, Chad Elliott's life has served as fertile ground for music. Elliott has turned love, loss, fatherhood, divorce and homelessness into lyrics. He performs more than 200 shows each year and is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance man” by Culture Buzz. He has cultivated more than 1,000 songs in his career while also honing his skills as painter, sculptor and children's book author/illustrator (Wilderman’s Treetop Tales).
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, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, etc. Today, his songwriting has made a marked shift to Americana.
On his 20th album, “Wreck and Ruin,” Elliott dives 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. Here’s what Will Kimbrough had to say about “Wreck and Ruin.”
“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
Elliott just released his 21st album, "RINGGOLD," which is full of stomp ballads and heart-breakers. Elliott is currently on the road introducing fans to his latest works during the RINGGOLD tour.
His next project is well-on-its-way, too. He recently recorded an album at Sun Studio in Memphis, TN, with his band, The Redemptions. This album will be released in 2018.
Awards and Honors 2015 Unsigned Only Competition - Semi-Finalist - Americana 2015 Folk Alliance International - Official Showcase 2014 Newsong Contest - Midwest Finalist 2013 Top 25 Albums on brokenjukebox.com - So Sang the Crow 2013 Iowa Blues Challenge - Winner Solo/Duo 2013 Rising Star - Finalist 2012 Show Me the Music Song Contest - Finalist - Americana 2012 Int. Folk Alliance Conference - Official Showcase Artist 2011 Iowa Motion Picture Awards - Best Original Music Score 2011 Mixies Award - "Most Creative Tour" - One Horse Town Tour 2009 International Songwriting Contest - 3rd Place Winner - Americana 2009 Woody Guthrie Song Contest - 1st Place Winner 2008 Kerrville New Folk - Finalist 2006 Folkalley.com’s - Open Mic Winner 2006 Just Plain Folks - Top 20 New Folk Songs
Discography 2017 - "RINGGOLD" 2015 - “Wreck and Ruin” 2013 - “So Sang the Crow” 2010 - The Den Sessions - 10 Volume Set 2009 - "Redemption Man" 2008 - “Swiftsure” 2006 - “Humbled At My Door” 2004 - “Bowl of Stars” 2004 - “Starling Songs” 2003 - (homemade) “Bowl of Stars” 2001 - “New Young Destination" 1999 - “Greener Grass” One Man's Junk