Iowa singer/songwriter Chad Elliott's much anticipated album "Redemption Man," will be released in Cherokee, on Oct. 16, 2009 at The Gathering Place. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
"I'm really looking forward to sharing these songs. Some of the tunes have been with me now for several years in my shows, but they weren't recorded yet. They just kept getting honed to the way that they sound on the album," Elliott said.
The album includes the song "Same Old Way," which won the 2009 Woody Guthrie Festival songwriting contest in Okemah, Okla. Elliott traveled to Okemah to perform on the main stage at the event in July, 2009.
"I'm very proud of the entire record, but that song, in particular, stands out as my favorite. It's all about learning to embrace change in our lives," Elliott said.
Elliott worked with producer Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown) to create the blends of blues, roots and folk on "Redemption Man." Ramsey is heard on several of the tracks, adding his smooth guitar skills to Elliott's original music.
Also on the album are drummer Steve Hayes and bass player Jon Penner, plus Pieta Brown adding her vocals and keyboard. The combination of these skilled musicians brings Elliott's music to a new level.
"I'm so honored to play with this group of musicians. They have all played together before, so I was the outsider at first. However, when I counted off the first song in the studio, we came in together, and there was an immediate cohesive feeling. They really supported and added strength to the songs I brought in," Elliott said.
For more information, visit www.chadelliott.net.