Normally billed as a folk singer, Elliott’s songs all tell finely crafted stories and his mastery of written word is apparent on all of them. His vocals remind me of Townes Van Zandt or a possessed Rodney Crowell. Many of the songs have a very haunting feel to them and the sound meanders from straight folk to country with a splash of delta blues thrown in at times.
My favorite song on the record is “Oak Tree Grave”, which is the track with the most blues influence. Another standout is the title track where the echo on Elliott’s voice teamed with a fiddle create a particularly spooky feeling.
Later in the album, Elliott puts himself in the shoes of a man coming to grips with his past decisions and conveying his reasoning to his friends, on the aptly titled “Burning Bridges”.
Elliott’s website says he has recorded 18 records to date in a very short time and also displays his artwork. So, if you are like me and this is your introduction to his music, we have a lot of catching up to do. After listening to So Sang The Crow, I would add Elliott’s name to the list of great roots based musicians to come out of the Iowa region, including Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey and William Elliott Whitmore.
Find out more about Elliott on his website here.
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