John Elliott, Eleanor Murray

Chris Parreira Presents…

John Elliott (San Francisco/Los Angeles) & Eleanor Murray (Olympia, WA)
Thursday, Oct 3
8pm (doors at 7pm)

Tickets available at the door.
$10 General
$8 Arcata Playhouse & Humboldt Folklife Society Members
$6 Students

A duel album release for two amazing West Coast songwriters.

Last year, John Elliott made one of those radical life-changing decisions. It was the moment after a long time coming. The next week, he started recording an album. He was housesitting for a friend in Los Angeles at the time because he had nowhere else to go. The house happened to have Pro Tools, an SM58 microphone and a midi keyboard. John happened to have an album’s worth of songs ready to record. And that’s how Good Goodbyes began.

Moving to San Francisco while the album was in progress inspired a new round of songs and provided new recording tools – along with some very old ones, like the Fostex 4-track recorder he’d had since high school. The one he’d almost thrown out a hundred times. Armed with some blank tapes and a borrowed Casio keyboard, John continued working in a 70-square-foot studio space in San Francisco, where he also lived intermittently between tours. Eventually, John was able to upgrade to a new digital recording set-up. What followed was a painstaking process of marrying the digital and analog sessions. Good Goodbyes is the product of that union.

Good Goodbyes is John’s eighth release. Recording alternately under his own name and with a loose cohort dubbed The Hereafter, John has arranged, performed, recorded, produced, and released seven albums over the past decade. Ranging in scope and sense from folk to pop to post-Garfunkel eyebrow rock, John’s music is as indelible as it is indefinable. Asked for influences, he creates a guest list to one amazing dinner party: Bruce Springsteen, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Michael Jackson, Wilco, Radiohead, and fellow Minnesota native Bob Dylan all passing the hotdish.

John’s songs have been heard on Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, and Californication. He has been featured in PASTE Magazine, on NPR, and on Neil Young’s “Living With War” website. He played Hades in Anais Mitchell’s “California Sings Hadestown” Tour and was one of the writers of “If I Go, I’m Goin” a standout track on Gregory Alan Isakov’s album This Empty Northern Hemisphere.
John remains a proudly independent, unsigned and unaffiliated artist. He’ll tour the United States and Europe in 2013 and 2014 supporting Good Goodbyes.

Informed by folk tradition while adhering to no rules, Eleanor Murray’s music exists in a genre all its own. On her latest outing, Bury Me Into the Mtn, she has created an album that is structurally complicated, while also sparse and open, full of warmth and light. Her chord progressions, rhythms and melodies draw as much from Appalachia as they do from jazz. Her lyrics are as cryptic as they are simple and straightforward. The album’s sonic landscape is completely its own.

Recorded in a renovated church during a windstorm, with members of Mount Eerie serving as her backing band, Bury Me Into the Mtn is an album that stops you in your tracks. From the big backing vocals of the album’s opener to its methodically sparse closing track, she creates a musical narrative that doesn’t release its listener until the whole tale has been told.

Eleanor Murray has spent the last seven years playing and recording music out of the northwest part of the United States. Her five albums and hundreds of live shows have established her as a prolific force in indie folk music, while along the way gathering a dedicated fan base and sharing the stage with artists such as Tune-yards, Mountain Man, and Kimya Dawson. Her albums have spanned a wide range of material – from the firm folk roots of her 2008 debut album For Cedar, to the more unhinged and foreboding work explored on 2010′s Oh Thunder and 2011′s Thunderling. Her side projects extend this range even further, with the haunting post rock of AANTARCTICAA and the bluegrass swing of Tattered Dress.

Since her debut album in 2008, Eleanor Murray has been making music that refuses to repeat itself. Her music has spanned from sweet folk ballads to raucous marches, while never feeling forced. It’s the sound of a sincere artist ever-evolving, never slowing down, always growing. Her signature voice, incomparable to any other, remains true throughout. Regardless of genre classifications, Eleanor Murray creates music that is always recognizable as uniquely her own.

“…one of our best “unknown” musicians.” – Tiny Mix Tapes


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