On The Road Again: Los Angeles-Based Singer/Songwriter, John Elliott, Launches Solo Summer Tour

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June/July Tour Schedule Takes Elliott through Texas, the South, and the Midwest in Support of Double Album Re-Release

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter and producer, John Elliott (http://www.thehereafterishere.com), is launching a solo summer tour beginning with a June 14 performance in Texas, in support of the double album re-release of his 2009 acoustic records, “Too Many Ghosts” and “American in Love”. The tour will take Elliott through Texas, the South, and the Midwest in June and July, before returning to California for shows in early August.

This is not Elliott’s first rodeo. He began performing at venues in Hollywood, CA in 2001. By 2003, he had shows spread across the Southern California landscape, and in 2005, his show schedule had expanded to include cities all over the U.S. Elliott’s extensive touring continued, and for the better part of the time that spanned July 2006 to April 2009, he was continually on the road, in the Pacific Northwest, the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic, the South, and everywhere adjacent and in between.

In April 2007, Elliott moved out of a Venice Beach apartment three blocks from the ocean, and into his Honda Civic – affectionately called “Glen”. It was at this point, that he began to write the songs that would eventually become the two albums “Too Many Ghosts” and “American in Love”.

Elliott spent two years roaming the country, sleeping on couches, floors, and in his car, and performing his songs everywhere he landed. He played in almost every state, in various theatres, nightclubs, bars, colleges and forests. Elliott says, “It was two years of chaos. Joy, loneliness, confusion, freedom. It was a time of love and lack of love. The songs on these two albums are the soundtrack.”

Elliott’s June/July solo summer tour will hit Kerrville, TX, where he will play at the Kerrville Folk Festival, then Austin, TX for two shows, June 14 and 17; South Padre Island, TX on June 20; and, Denton, TX on June 24. Elliott will play in New Orleans, LA on June 27; and Orlando, FL on June 30. The tour then moves to the Midwest, where Elliott plays in Columbus, OH on July 11 and 12; Chicago, IL on July 17; Des Moines, IA on July 20 and 21; Omaha, NE on July 22; Wilmar, MN on July 23; and his hometown of Wayzata, MN on July 24. Elliott returns to the West Coast to play in Los Angeles on August 2, and in San Francisco on August 8.

About John Elliott

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…”

Elliott’s songs have been featured on an Emmy-nominated, season-two episode of “Grey’s Anatomy”, as well as the show’s season finale in season three, about which an iTunes reviewer said, “I heard it on Grey's Anatomy last night and I think I've fallen in love.”

“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 “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” (http://www.rabbitfever.com) 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+.

John Elliott and his band, The Hereafter, have developed an international following; they are in the midst of recording what will be Elliott’s seventh album. Elliott’s music is available for download on iTunes, as well as other on-line sources, and can also be found at Amoeba Music in both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

More information about John Elliott and his band, The Hereafter, a full listing of upcoming show dates, music, and more, is here: http://www.thehereafterishere.com.


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