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Chad Elliott and the Redemptions

Rest Heavy Album Release Date: August 10, 2018

Iowa singer-songwriter, artist and author, Chad Elliott, will independently release Rest Heavy: The Sun Studio Sessions on August 10, 2018. Elliott’s writing weaves love, loss and forgiveness into well-worn lyrics with timeless melodies.

With Rest Heavy, Elliott shows his love of roots-rock, soul, and blues music with a rocking band behind his artfully crafted songs and gravelly delivery. The self-produced album was recorded at the famed Sun Studio in Memphis, TN by Ples Hampton. Hampton said, “It was honestly one of the best sessions I've ever had up here. This is gold.”

Elliott, performing on acoustic guitar and harmonica, is joined by his full band, The Redemptions, including Tommy Lewis, Travis McFarlane, Kevin Boehnke, Joseph Cafaro, and Jim Van Dorn.

Rest Heavy ranges from modern gospel love songs like the title track, “Rest Heavy,” (with its throwback soul sound) to the tale of unrequited love in “Alberta.” He delves into country soul with “Hills of Tennessee,” recalls early Tom Waits in the jazzy “Cadillac Problems, Buick Times,” adds in some Parlor blues in “Slow Again,” and offers some bottom feeder blues with “Dirty River (Catfish Blues).” An American ramble song that tips its hat to beat poets, musicians, and ramblers of the world, “Shy of Shameless” is a travel log of sorts. “Embarcadero Street” has a raw feel to it with its slinky slide guitar and trashy drums.

Elliott’s live performances, whether with a full band or solo, are a blend of engaging storytelling and memorable song lyrics that captivate audiences of all ages. Elliott performs more than 200 shows each year and is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance Man” by Culture Buzz. He has cultivated over 1,000 songs in his career while also honing his skills as a painter, sculptor, and children's book author/illustrator (Wilderman’s Treetop Tales). He recently published a poetry book, Rumble & Flash.

Acclaim for Rest Heavy Album:
​"This album just oozes soul, truth, and seems rather timeless as it could have been recorded almost any time in the last fifty-sixty years." - Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine (US)

"Rest Heavy is a high-energy, dynamic work. One of the best parts about listening to the album is the clear sense you get that Elliott is having the time of his life playing and recording these songs." - Lucas Benson, Little Village Magazine (US)

“Rest Heavy jumps right at you and doesn’t let go. The whole piece has an edge you can shave with.” - Rob Ellen, Medicine Show Radio (UK)

"['Rest Heavy' is] a modern gospel love song written on Easter Sunday that grabs your heart and soul with its classic harmonica-infused melody, tempered backbeat, and Elliott's gravelly yet warm delivery that nods to the memory of the greats who made their mark at Sun. " - The Daily Country (US)

"...Chad Elliott’s ‘Rest Heavy’ which is superb - I get goosebumps whenever I listen to it..." - Stu Vincent, Blues and Roots Radio (UK)

"Chad Elliott is the real deal! Top to bottom, this album is entertaining and memorable." - Jayvee Music Reviews (US)

"This album is the perfect tribute to the spirit of Sun Studios. I already listened at least 10 times to it and these songs take me with them.” - Mike Penard, Radio ISA (France)