× Caleb Elliott's "Forever To Fade" out now; touring Europe with Nicole Atkins in April

Caleb Elliott's "Forever To Fade" out now; touring Europe with Nicole Atkins in April

27-03-2019

Caleb Elliotts Forever to Fade is a truly unique artistic statement, one that combines cinematic string arrangements with Muscle Shoals-inspired grooves. It’s a musical hodgepodge in which you can hear everything from hints of ’70s soul (“Makes Me Wonder”) to what Elliott calls “my little Harry Nilsson moment” (“Try,” a forbidden love song that features some cheeky whistling).

But those sounds weren’t ones he grew up listening to. His parents were followers of The Message, the teachings of evangelical faith healer William Branham, whose 1961 Armageddon prophecy reportedly inspired cult leader Jim Jones to set up his Jonestown settlement the following decade. This strict religious upbringing meant there was no TV in their house and secular music was strongly discouraged.

“I would venture to say no, I was not allowed [to listen to secular music], but the technically right answer was I could do what I want, it was just very frowned upon,” Elliott explains. “And especially like the churches we were going to, it was very frowned upon. We were guided towards the contemporary Christian realm, which was as rock ‘n’ roll as it got for us. Switchfoot was my Beatles, you know, in high school.” He laughs. “Sad to say. I probably shouldn’t be telling you that. I didn’t really get exposed to the good stuff until a little later.”

The Louisiana-born cellist Caleb Elliott spent the last five years playing back-up for Americana’s best, from Dylan LeBlanc to Lera Lynn, but his debut as a frontman proves he’s one to watch, too. The swamp-art-rock record bridges the distance between the classically-trained sideman he was to the songwriting frontman he’s become; the 480 miles between his musical origins in Natchitoches and Lafayette to his new home in The Shoals of Alabama; and the shift between a gothic upbringing inside a cult-style religion to finding mental and artistic liberation has brought us Forever To Fade which is out now.

Next month - starting April 4th - Caleb Elliott tours Europe supporting Nicole Atkins:

04/04: Glasgow (UK) @ The Blue Arrow º
05/04: Chester (UK) @ St Marys Creative Space º
07/04: Newcastle (UK) @ The Cluny 2 º
08/04: Leeds (UK) @ Brudenell Social Club º
09/04: Norwich (UK) @ Norwich Arts Centre º
10/04: Portsmouth (UK) @ The Wedgewood Rooms º
12/04: Haarlem (NL) @ Roots Of Heaven º
13/04: Hengelo (NL) @ Heartland Festival º
14/04: Venlo (NL) @ Down By The River º
16/04: Rotterdam (NL) @ Kantine Walhalla º
17/04: Cologne (DE) @ Blue Shell º
18/04: Munich (DE) @ Unter Deck º
20/04: Berlin (DE) @ Privatclub º
21/04: Schijndel (NL) @ Paaspop
22/04: Hamburg (DE) @ Nochtwache º
24/04: Gothenburg (SWE) @ Pustervik º
25/04: Stockholm (SWE) @ Brooklyn Bar º
26/04: Malmö (SWE) @ Folk å Rock º
28/04: Groningen (NL) @ Der Aa-Theatre º
30/04: London (UK) @ The Lexington º

º = w/ Caleb Elliott

 

 

 

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