TEXAS PEARL SNAPS
This is the 50th anniversary of Woody taking leave of this earth and we want to celebrate his life and legacy the best way we know how, with some live music! On Friday, October 6th, we kick off as always with our Friday Night Music at The Woody Guthrie Folk Music Center in the Old Harris Drug Store at 320 S Cuyler. You are all invited to join us for some pickin’ and grinnin’ and such. The doors open at 5 and we usually start up the music about 6:30 and goes on till about 9:30. Saturday we will open the doors for an open house at 1pm and there will probably be a few folks jamming and folks visiting with each other. If you have not seen our place lately this is a good opportunity to browse the walls and pictures and soak up the good vibes.! We’ll be around until about 4pm and then start getting ready to move over to MK Brown.
Our October event this year will feature the Texas Pearl Snaps on Saturday, October 7th at the MK Brown Civic Center in the Heritage Room. $10 a head will get you in to our 25th annual Tribute to Woody Guthrie. Hear some good ol’ country music and scoot your boots if you are so inclined, there will be plenty of room to dance. No need for a baby sitter, kids are welcome and get in free with parents. As always we are a family friendly event. Students get in free as well as First Responders. Doors open at 6pm and tickets will be available at the door for $10. $2 more will get you a raffle ticket for a Yamaha acoustic guitar, courtesy of Tarpley Music in Amarillo. We sure hope to see you there!
Like the dark earth of his Iowa origins, Chad Elliott’s life has served as fertile ground for music. Elliott has turned love, loss, fatherhood, divorce and homelessness into lyrics. He performs more than 200 shows each year. He has cultivated more than 1,000 songs in his career while also honing his skills as painter, sculptor and children’s book author/illustrator (Wilderman’s Treetop Tales).
Elliott’s early career demonstrates a love of folk, roots and singer-songwriter music. He 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, etc. Today, his songwriting has made a marked shift to Americana.
On his 20th album, “Wreck and Ruin”, Elliott dives 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.
The title track of “Wreck and Ruin” was conceived after the Moore, Oklahoma tornado of 2013. Elliott didn’t think too much of the song at the time he wrote it and put it aside. Its lyrics spell out a hopeless situation of a family expecting twins (Elliott being a twin himself). As the mother goes into labor the family finds itself in the back of a broken-down Chevy as a tornado bears down on the land. Nothing is left standing, except the family, now with two babies named “Wreck” and “Ruin.”
One year after writing the song, on Mother’s Day, 2014, Elliott and his family were celebrating at his mother’s home in Iowa. His hard-working, single mother raised four children alone. No one minded when festivities closed early so his mother could attend a Lyle Lovett concert. Two hours after Elliott and his wife and children left, a tornado leveled his mother’s house. Thankfully, no one was home. It could have been worse – the whole family would likely have been home, kids and all, if not for that Lyle Lovett concert. Elliott dusted off the “Wreck and Ruin” song to feature on this album, adopting the motto “Lyle Lovett Saves Lives.”
Chad Elliott has learned not to ignore the machinations of fate, but to pay homage to them. He writes them into songs and carries their lessons with him on tour across the country.
“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
2015 LEAF Newsong Finalist
2015 Unsigned Only Competition- Semi-Finalist – Americana
2014 Newsong Contest – Midwest Finalist
2014 Int. Folk Alliance Conference – Official Showcase Artist
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 Int. Folk Alliance Conference – Official Showcase Artist
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
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”