He grew up in the pastoral countryside outside Natchitoches, La., and played cello at Carnegie Hall before his 18th birthday. Since relocating to Lafayette, La., he’s played countless live shows and honed his songwriting, musical and production chops.
On his debut release, “Where You Wanna Be,” he’s joined by some of the finest names in south Louisiana music for a collection of strikingly original songs and arrangements.
Vocalist Susan Cowsill, bassist Tom Drummond of Better Than Ezra, drummer Doug Belote, fiddler Mitch Reed of BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and guitarist Sam Broussard of Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys all contributed their talents to this collection of songs running the gamut from the power-pop of “I Don’t Mind” to the gritty overdrive of “Run.”
The record was produced by Tony Daigle, a veteran of many Grammy-winning projects, and was recorded at studios across south Louisiana. Elliott’s songs are slices of love and life, stories of folks looking for their place in this world. From the bouzouki-and-tremolo-fueled folk-rock of “Speaking of” to the lovelorn ruminations of “I Would Never” and on through the joyriding title track reprise of “Le Reel Fâché,” “Where You Wanna Be” is an album to remember.