Eliza Blue's music radiates a rare, ethereal beauty. Her earthy voice is almost inadvertently the dominant component of her songs, its delicacy and vulnerability so elegant as to be irresistibly charming. Influenced by the works of Gillian Welch and Leonard Cohen, the classically trained Blue enhances the bounty of her natural gifts with plaintive, poetic songwriting and simple instrumentation, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, banjo, and violin in a manner that hearkens to Appalachia.--Jeff Gage, Minneapolis City Pages
Eliza Blue is a folk-singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. In addition to her solo work, Eliza also performs as half of the folk duo, "The Nesters" with fellow songwriter and banjoist, Jami Lynn, and she is a regular contributor to South Dakota Public Broadcasting with her monthly, “Postcards from the Prairie.” She has performed and recorded with Roma di Luna, Charlie Parr, and Chastity Brown just to name a few. Other highlights include performances at SXSW, CMJ, and Sioux River Folk Fest, as well as a slot this summer at Red Ants Pants Music Festival.
Most recently, Eliza collaborated with Billy Talbot, of the band Crazy Horse, on two albums, and was selected in 2016 & 2017 as a "favorite" by SDPB Magazine for contribution to the Tiny Desk Concert series contest.
After being an urbanite for most of her life, Eliza currently resides in South Dakota, with her sweetheart and their two children, herding sheep, raising chickens, and playing music.
South Dakota, first of May, we lay, planks across the yard...the corner cold frame's frosted over, the sky, is gray...It sounds like oceans overhead, and still, it's only almost spring...
Last night's snow clings to the dirt road, the sky, still gray...and in the ditch a dead bird black wing lifts, waving in the wind...it sounds like oceans overhead, and still it's only almost spring...
Folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eliza Blue to release title track from upcoming album, South Dakota, 1st of May with an evening of music on May 4th, from 6-9pm, at SDPB’s Black Hills Bureau (415 Main St. Rapid City, SD)
Recorded at producer Billy Talbot (bassist for Neil Young’s band, Crazy Horse) private studio on his South Dakota ranch, with the help of fellow musician and co-producer Jack Hughes, the album (and the single) explore themes of isolation, bleak expanses, and the quiet joy of rural life.
The single, and an accompanying video, will officially be released May 1st, with a celebration to follow on May 4th. The festivities will include live performances by Blue and Hughes, as well as Jami Lynn, Anna Robins, and Justin Seim. Black Hills Vinyl will be spinning 'spring inspired' albums before and after live music. Meanwhile, the gallery space will feature photographs from South Dakota artists, Christian Begeman and Kristina Barker, also inspired by spring in South Dakota.