Chad Elliott's music career began when he picked up his first guitar in a pawn shop, taught himself to fingerpick, and began transposing his poetry into songs. Part of Chad's appeal is his natural, honest delivery of each song, with stories that speak for everyman. He has written over 1000 songs and has released 18 full-length albums. Joined by harmony singer Bonita Crowe, who adds subtle and tight harmonies, their performances turn heads nationwide.
Just days ago this Iowa duo held their own at the 30th International Blues Challenge in Memphis. They're also 1st place winners in the 32nd Annual Texaco Country Showdown (local finals). Americana/eclectic, their sound is earthy and fertile, born out of the "Iowa Sound"--a distinctive combination of folk, blues, and roots-rock that perfectly captures the rugged artistry of Iowa's landscape, combining bits of Chicago, Memphis, and Nashville.
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In 2009, Elliott released "Redemption Man," produced by Bo Ramsey who helped to achieve its distinctive electrified roots sound. It features the song "Same, Old Way," which was the 2009 Woody Guthrie Festival song contest winner. This song also placed third 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.
"Chad is equal parts Townes Van Zandt and Woody Guthrie. A remarkably competent finger style guitarist and arguably one of new folk's most gifted new lyricists," according to Matthew DeRiso, No Depression Magazine.
Chicago's own Emily White will kick off the night with her original songs. (Preview Emily live, Tues., Feb 11, on "Folk Festival" 8-11 pm at 90.9fm or WDCB.org.)
Tickets are $15.00 may be purchased at the door, or reserved in advance via website www.folk.maplestreetchapel.org or phone 630-627-0171.
Maple Street Chapel Folk Concerts
220 S Main Street
Lombard, IL 60148