|Wednesday 01 August 2018 @ 08:00pm : -
One of the most tasteful and innovative of young American musicians, Seattle-based Eli West - old and new, folk and jazz, vocal and instrumental, odd and accessible, subtle and virtuosic - it takes great skill and care to make music that sounds this natural!
Well-known for his work with Cahalen Morrison, Tim O’Brien, Jayme Stoneand more, the singer and multi-instrumentalist oozes understated talent. We recently witnessed both Martin Simpson and Richard Hawley utterly floored by his skill. Truly a sublime musician!
Eli’s recent debut solo album, The Both, sees him taking the lead, on electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, and pedal steel, whilst remaining a thoughtful collaborator – here with some of his close friends and personal heroes, like jazz great Bill Frisell, new Americana discovery Dori Freeman, and Anna & Elizabeth.
The album focuses on the story of his two grandfathers; one a decorated WWII prisoner of war, the other a Brethren preacher and peace advocate. They couldn’t have differed more, but together they shared a family. In this spirit, the theme of the album is duality: the first half showcases carefully built arrangements of six American folk songs, the second revisits these as instrumental passages, revealing new sides to the other.
"Making music the world needs" ~ Tim O’Brien
"West is an artist overflowing with ideas and music" ~ Green Man Review
"Eli West is an exceptional singer, guitar player and musician, really deep stuff" ~ Martin Simpson