Award-winning singer-songwriter Chad Elliott will perform in concert on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM at Maple Street Chapel. 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. Perhaps best described as 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, melding bits of Chicago, Memphis, and Nashville.
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. He has since written over 1000 songs and has released 18 full-length albums. Part of Chad’s appeal is his natural, honest delivery of each song, with stories that speak for everyman.
He won the Woody Guthrie Festival song contest with "Same, Old Way" in 2009. This song also placed third in the 2009 International Songwriting Contest for the Americana category. Two other songs, "Redemption Man," and "Illinois," won Elliott a new folk finalist spot in the 2008 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 of No Depression magazine.
He’s shared the stage with such greats as Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright III, Odetta, Eric Church, Lonestar, Counting Crowes, and Buddy Mondlock. He sound has been compared to James Taylor and Lyle Lovett, among others.
Chicago’s own Emily White will kick off the night with her original songs. (You can preview Emily live, Tues, Feb 11, on Folk Festival 8-11 pm at 90.9fm or WDCB.org.)
Tickets may be purchased at the door, or reserved in advance via website www.folk.maplestreetchapel.org or phone 630-627-0171.