Chad Elliott’s soulful, foot-stomping shows are incredible. His laid-back storytelling and his skillful fingerpicking weave well-crafted songs together for an evening of pure entertainment. Averaging more than 200 shows per year, Elliott has been on the road for nearly 20 years performing a blend of Americana, roots and country music.
Elliott 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, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Counting Crows, Ruthie Foster, Lonestar, Jimmy Vaughan, etc. He has won coveted awards including the Woody Guthrie Song Contest and Iowa Blues Challenge. He placed 3rd in the International Song Contest with his Americana song, "Same Old Way."
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.
Elliott released his 22nd album, Rest Heavy, on August 10, 2018. Rest Heavy was recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis, TN, with his band, The Redemptions. 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.”
Greg Brown isn’t the only one to hail Rest Heavy as a success: "This album just oozes soul, truth, and seems rather timeless as it could have been recorded almost any time in the last fifty-sixty years." - Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine (US)
"This is Americana at its finest... Elliott has immersed himself in gospel, blues, roots-rock and white-boy R’n’B to the point where he comes across as a striking combo of Fogerty, Mellencamp and Springsteen." - Mike Greenblatt, Goldmine Magazine (US)
"Rest Heavy is a high-energy, dynamic work. One of the best parts about listening to the album is the clear sense you get that Elliott is having the time of his life playing and recording these songs." - Lucas Benson, Little Village Magazine (US)
"The album presents music that is timeless, a glorious collection that uncovers and rediscovers the essential elements of the music by which we have all been hypnotized at some point." - Rob Dickens, Listening Through the Lens (AU)
"There is so much to be loved about this album. From start to finish, it's a masterpiece of deep soul and blues that shows you all the pictures of the places that inspired its sounds in every song. You need this album in your collection..." - Amanda Marcazo, The Jamwich magazine (US)
“Rest Heavy jumps right at you and doesn’t let go. The whole piece has an edge you can shave with.” - Rob Ellen, Medicine Show Radio (UK)
"[Rest Heavy is] a modern gospel love song written on Easter Sunday that grabs your heart and soul with its classic harmonica-infused melody, tempered backbeat, and Elliott's gravelly yet warm delivery that nods to the memory of the greats who made their mark at Sun. " - The Daily Country (US)
"...Chad Elliott’s ‘Rest Heavy’ which is superb - I get goosebumps whenever I listen to it..." - Stu Vincent, Blues and Roots Radio (UK)
"Chad Elliott is the real deal! Top to bottom, this album is entertaining and memorable." - Jayvee Music Reviews (US)
"This album is the perfect tribute to the spirit of Sun Studios. I already listened at least 10 times to it and these songs take me with them.” - Mike Penard, Radio ISA (France)
Quotes: “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
"Chad Elliott is a veteran singer/songwriter who writes smooth, feel good songs ranging from soulful drinking songs to upbeat road-tunes to down and dirty tunes worthy of Ray Wylie Hubbard." - Calvin Powers, The Americana Music Show
“…Chad Elliott stands out as a timeless and genuine musical poet with supple-strong roots like the bluestem and buffalo grass of Iowa prairie.” - Todd Partridge, NoDepression.com
"In the wide scope of Americana music live stories timeless as the land. With dynamic swells amid driven and transient melodies, Chad Elliott tells them one song at a time,"- Sam Burrish, Sioux City Journal
Awards and Honors 2018 Kerrville New Folk - Finalist 2015 LEAF Newsong Finalist 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 Folk Alliance International - Official Showcase 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 2018 - Rest Heavy 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”