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New duo shares the blues

Monday, January 7, 2013

Making his second appearance at the next Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival will be local roots/folk-singing favorite Chad Elliot, along with Bonita Crowe. Known for being a dramatic solo performer, Elliot has taking on a partner with Crowe.

Elliot and Crowe will be performing at The Gasthaus from 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Jan. 18.

In the past, Elliot has averaged over 100 shows per year on the road for more than a decade performing a blend of roots, blues and folk music. With 17 albums to his credit, he has played across the country and has been lauded as a modern-day troubadour.

"In the wide scope of Americana music live stories timeless as the land. With dynamic swells amid driven and transient melodies, Chad Elliott tells them one song at a time," said one review.

Above all, the Iowa songwriter's music slips stories about life as he has experienced it through living with the homeless, love, divorce, fatherhood and discovering inspiration in the modern world.

Bonita Crowe is the co-owner of The Grapevine in Des Moines with her husband Keith and has joined Elliot singing over this past year. She has been providing the sweet style of back-up harmonies.

At this time last year she was singing back up for Bonne Finken and the Collective when Elliot asked her to join him on a few dates that turned into four months of singing for both Finken and Elliot.

Crowe stated that it was becoming too much and she could not keep give all her energy to both. So at the time she decided to got full time with Elliot.

"At first it was so fun. We were getting booked only on the weekends at first, because I was still working full time, but I felt like I was going to explode if I didn't devote myself to this full time and quit my job. It has been wonderful and the best decision I have ever made," Crowe said.

One of their first appearances together was as the opening act for Counting Crows at RAGBRAI last summer.

The two are easy together on stage, relaxed and funny, Bonita's delicate harmonies and earthy sophistication adding depth to Elliot's picking, harp blowing and enthusiastic crooning.

Tickets for the Pub Crawls Friday and Saturday are $10 in advance or $15 at the door of any of the concert establishments.