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Most recent release, The Nocturne Diaries (2014)
Own, occasional covers
Eliza has become a real favorite of mine in the last few years. The last new song I heard was "Tender Mercies", which was brilliant. Made me very eager for her next album, whenever that might be. (neal)
Comments about live performance:
I owe Amazon.com a big debt, here it was one of their "If you liked x, you'll like y" messages that set me on to Eliza Gilkyson in the first place. Last night she finally made it to England, playing the Borderline in London to an appreciative audience. Eliza's music is more country than I'd normally listen to, but she puts it across with such beauty, humour and grace, that it goes down a treat. Taking the stage with an acoustic guitar and accompanied only by another guitarist (yes, she mentioned his name several times, and I missed it each time) she wove together a wonderful evening of music and rambling, fascinating anecdotes. Some time ago, Neal kindly sent me a recording of a living room concert she did, but I'd forgotten how downright funny she is. Normally, this kind of inter-song talk can really irritate me, but I could have listened to her all night. One story started to be about guitarists, and somehow ended up being about a naked Jerry Garcia. Apart from generous helpings of her back-catalogue (including one so old her accompanist didn't know it, but rose to the challenge, anyway) she also debuted a couple of new songs, born out of current events, that were as powerful and moving as anything she's ever done, played us her contribution to the Greg Brown tribute album (which sounds great) and rounded it all off with an encore of "Bear Necessities" (her dad wrote it) which had everyone singing along, and realising how little of it they actually knew. It was a beautiful, moving, and thoroughly charming evening, and Eliza seemed encouraged by the response, promising to return to England soon. (5/22/03, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
Hard Times in Babylon and Lost and Found are the only ones we've heard
2000—Red House Records—RHR 0146
Eliza Gilkyson—vocals, acoustic guitar, kazoo, harmonica, organ
Eliza Gilkyson, Mark Hallman
Not exactly my kind of stuff, a bit too country for my tastes, but some wonderful songs on here, and she has a distinctive voice, reminding me—at times—of Ferron. Regular curveballs up the joy factor, including the bizarre guitar breaks of "Engineer Bill" and the half-spoken, half-sung "Flatline", which is truly haunting. Highly recommended for people into Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lucinda Williams, etc, and recommended for ectos on the basis that it's really very good. This one got under my skin, and I keep...well, coming home to it. (email@example.com)
2002—Red House Records—RHR 0162
Eliza Gilkyson—vocals, acoustic guitar
Mark Hallman, Eliza Gilkyson
Great album (Marion)
Eliza released the DVD Live From Austin, Texas—Eliza Gilkyson in 2007. Her recordings appear on numerous compilations, including a cover of "Sleeper" for Going Driftless: An Artists' Tribute to Greg Brown (2002).
Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.
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