Elliott at The Bear Saturday

Friday, December 28, 2012
Chad Elliott returns to Spencer Saturday, Dec. 29, for a show at The Bear. (Photo submitted)

Singer/songwriter Chad Elliott will be performing at The Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar in Spencer from 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday.

"I'll be playing mostly original songs as well as telling stories," Elliott said.

Elliott bought his first guitar at an Omaha pawn shop, a dreadnought next to the used guns and knives. He took it home, slowly taught himself to fingerpick and began transposing his poetry writing into original songs.

Elliott always believed he'd be an artist. He spent his youthful years drawing, painting and sculpting, but the more he picked on those six-strings, the more he found familiar ground with his words and the imagery he strived to achieve on canvas. Songwriting became painting with his words and performing on stage became his new exhibition.

Averaging more than 150 shows per year, Elliott has been on the road for more than a decade performing a blend of Americana, roots and country music. Along the way, he's collected more than a few interesting stories, many of which end up crafted into lyrics.

In 2009, while portraying Buddy Holly at the Surf Ballroom on the 50th anniversary of the fateful plane crash which took the rock legend's life, Elliott was asked to sing "Oh Boy" with Buddy's widow Maria Elena Holly.

She whispered in Elliott's ear after the song faded, "You're my Buddy."

He has also shared the music stage with greats such as: Eric Church, Lonestar, Counting Crows, Brantley Gilbert, R.L. Burnside, Odetta, Tom Paxton and Loudon Wainwright III, among others.

Elliott has released 18 full-length albums since he began his songwriting career, the most notable being his latest studio album, "Redemption Man," released in 2009. Elliott worked with producer and guitarist Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown) on this album to achieve its distinctive electrified roots sound. It features "Same, Old Way," the 2009 Woody Guthrie Festival song contest winner as well as a third place winner in the 2009 International Songwriting Contest for the Americana category. Two other songs on this album, "Redemption Man," and "Illinois," won Elliott a new folk finalist spot in the 2008 Grassy Hill Kerrville Folk Festival.

Elliott is currently working on his next studio album, "So Sang the Crow," which is being produced by Chris Cunningham of the folk-duo Storyhill. The release of the album is scheduled for early 2013.

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