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Chad Elliott @ the Library!Posted Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at 4:19 PM
Spencer Public Library presents Chad Elliott, October 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Admission is free!
Averaging over 100 shows per year, Chad Elliott has been on the road for more than a decade performing a blend of roots, blues and folk music. He has played across the country and has been lauded as a modern-day troubadour.
Elliott has released seventeen full-length albums since he began his songwriting career. His latest studio album, "Redemption Man," was produced by Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown). It features the song, "Same, Old Way," which was the 2009 Woody Guthrie Festival song contest winner as well as a 3rd place winner in the 2009 International Songwriting Contest in the Americana category. Also on this album are the songs, "Redemption Man," and "Illinois," which won Elliott a new folk finalist spot in the 2008 Kerrville Folk Festival.
Writing songs that are part of his own identity, but full of relatable feeling, Elliott crafts music that can bring a crowd to tears or get them on their feet dancing, sometimes both.
"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," said Sam Burrish of the Sioux City Journal.
He has shared the stage with well-known artists such as Odetta, Tom Paxton and Loudon Wainwright III. He has even swapped songs with some of the best, including native Iowan Dave Moore and Texas songwriter Eric Taylor.
Elliott is a 2006 Folkalley.com open mic winner and his song, "How's the Weather," was chosen out of 300,000 folk songs as an award nominee for the top 20 new folk songs on Just Plain Folks.
Above all the Iowa songwriter's music slips stories about life as he has experienced it through living with the homeless, love, divorce, fatherhood and discovering inspiration in the modern world.
Awards and Honors:
2011 Iowa Motion Picture Awards Best Original Music Score
2011 Mixies Award for "Most Creative Tour" - One Horse Town Tour
2009 3rd place winner International Songwriting Contest in Americana
2009 Woody Guthrie Festival songwriting contest winner
2008 Kerrville New Folk finalist
2006 Folkalley.com's open mic winner
2006 Just Plain Folks top 20 new folk songs
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"
(information courtesy of chadelliott.net)
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