“If you have never heard a John Elliott song before, I’m sorry you’ve been deprived for this long.”
John Elliott’s music has been called “tear at your heartstrings, folksy” and “a surreal and trippy cool kind of pop thing.” It has also been referred to as “Post-Seinfeld, Post 9/11 Eyebrow Rock.” Regarding Elliott’s lyrics, Chuck Schiele of The San Diego Troubadour says, “They get in, make their statement, kick you in the teeth, and get out before they start talking too much…And this lends to the urge of rolling any track to its beginning for another spin.”
Elliott’s catchy tunes, clear voice and chill-inducing melodies have been likened to a young Paul Simon, John Flansburgh and Ben Gibbard, as well as Gregory Page, Jason Mraz, Christopher Dale, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. Schiele continues to speak about Elliott’s vocals as such: “…a lullaby of a voice that's likeable and believable. There's a stylistic melancholy tone and charisma in his voice...” Another independent review of one of Elliott’s albums reads, “The songwriting rivals any Radiohead/Coldplay hype the record labels could come up with. Who says folk music is dead…”
“One of the best kept secrets on the acoustic scene,” Elliott’s voice and lyrics – with a definite Americana bent – can also be heard on an episode of the CW’s “One Tree Hill”, NPR (All Songs Considered/Open Mic), Neil Young's “Living With War” website, radio stations all over the world, in cars, in backyards, on iPods and at campfires. His songs have been called, “…intimate, honest, ripe with observant detail and a reliable playfulness.”
In July 2009, Elliott was featured as an Emerging Artist on the main stage at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. At about the same time, the creators of the film “Rabbit Fever” announced that Elliott had written and performed “a haunting contagious ballad” that would appear in “one of the most pivotal scenes of the film”. The track was simply titled “Rabbit Fever”, and prompted the film’s creators to declare, “If you dig artists such as Elliot Smith, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Iron & Wine and John Mayer, you will appreciate the charming, folksy, mellow quality of John Elliot’s style.”
Elliott was also recently selected as the first alternate in the 2010 Telluride Troubadour competition – that is spot 11 out of 500+.
Opening for John will be Skaneateles native Dusty Pas'cal. Some people call his music "outlaw country" and others just call it great.
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