Elliot Randall
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Elliot Randall commented on TwangNation.com's group 'San Francisco Alt.country/Roots/Americana Fans'
"Howdy folks - today and tomorrow only we are offering our entire album Caffeine & Gasoline for only $2 on bandcamp. We are celebrating the 2 year anniversary of its release on 2/9/10. Working on new material and hope to release it in June or…"
Feb 9, 2012
Elliot Randall commented on Kimberely Grant's group 'Los Angeles and beyond Chapter'
"Hey All, Just wanted to put the word out that I am now being booked for house concerts through the end of April up and down the west coast. For those who don't know, house concerts are donation based events with no great cost to the host; all…"
Jan 20, 2012
Elliot Randall commented on TwangNation.com's group 'San Francisco Alt.country/Roots/Americana Fans'
"Hey All, Just wanted to put the word out that I am now being booked for house concerts through the end of April up and down the west coast. For those who don't know, house concerts are donation based events with no great cost to the host; all…"
Jan 20, 2012
Elliot Randall commented on TwangNation.com's group 'San Francisco Alt.country/Roots/Americana Fans'
"Thanks, man. Glad you enjoyed and thanks again for coming. ~ER"
Nov 20, 2011
Elliot Randall commented on TwangNation.com's group 'San Francisco Alt.country/Roots/Americana Fans'
"Paul That's great to hear! Come say hello if you do make it out. Kindly, ER"
Nov 6, 2011
Elliot Randall commented on TwangNation.com's group 'San Francisco Alt.country/Roots/Americana Fans'
"Hi folks, We will be playing a show on November 19th at the Connecticut Yankee in San Francisco. This is our first time at the Yankee, but we hear it's a great place for roots music. We are selling low cost advance tickets through our website…"
Nov 6, 2011
Elliot Randall commented on TwangNation.com's group 'San Francisco Alt.country/Roots/Americana Fans'
"Good morning, folks. My band, The Deadmen and I will be playing at Armando's in Martinez tonight if you are in the east bay and feel like coming out. Armando's is a great intimate venue. We love playing there. Hope to see you!! Kindly, ER"
Sep 2, 2011
Elliot Randall commented on TwangNation.com's group 'San Francisco Alt.country/Roots/Americana Fans'
"Good morning, folks! We have a show this Saturday in Marin. Hope some of you can make it out. Here are the details: Saturday, May 28th George's Nightclub 842 4th Street, San Rafael, CA with Kami Nixon & Bill Spooner (The Tubes!) Ellen…"
May 25, 2011
Elliot Randall commented on TwangNation.com's group 'San Francisco Alt.country/Roots/Americana Fans'
"We are playing a show this Thursday (St. Paddy's Day) at the Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco. It's a fundraiser for Japan's quake victims. Come on out. Show starts at 8 pm."
Mar 15, 2011
Elliot Randall commented on Kimberely Grant's group 'Los Angeles and beyond Chapter'
"Hey folks, Coming down to So Cal this Thursday, March 3rd. Hope some of you can make it out. Kindly, ER "
Feb 26, 2011
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Elliot Randall & The Deadmen at The Viper Room, Los Angeles at The Viper Room

March 3, 2011 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
We are the early slot, and go on at 8 pm sharp. The cover is $10 w/flyer and $15 w/out. Contact Dianna Arnspiger for more info: diannaarnspiger@gmail.com
Feb 26, 2011
Elliot Randall commented on Bill Frater's blog post 'Freight Train Boogie podcast #100, The Best of 2010'
"Bill - Thanks so much!! ~ER"
Dec 30, 2010
Elliot Randall commented on TwangNation.com's group 'San Francisco Alt.country/Roots/Americana Fans'
"Howdy All, Just a quick note to tell you that the Owlmag is giving away a free pair of tickets to our show this Thursday at the Independent. Come say hi if you go. Kindly, ER"
Nov 30, 2010
Elliot Randall commented on TwangNation.com's group 'San Francisco Alt.country/Roots/Americana Fans'
"Hey folks, Happy Thanksgiving! Hope some of you can make it out to the Independent on Thursday, Dec. 2nd. It's a great lineup of local talent with Victoria George and Tiny Television and we also will be having a "Caffeine &…"
Nov 22, 2010
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Nov 20, 2010
Kim Rinehart commented on Elliot Randall's video
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Elliot Randall & Victoria George - Let It Ride

"Excellent!!! Great harmony. I really enjoyed listening."
Nov 20, 2010

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Elliot Randall Biography


"All of our hearts have been worn by someone else. Strapped to their sleeves, they're just tempting the thieves, Till the right heartbreaker makes you believe."
-Elliot Randall, "Take The Fall"

Twenty six year old country-rock troubadour Elliot Randall is an emerging musical stylist who writes songs that "defy his tender years. He seems to have done it all and has the required levels of hurt and angst that far older songwriters take years to experience." (Americana UK) Randall's discerning style has garnered him comparisons to the likes of Ryan Adams and, some of his great musical predecessors like Guy Clark and Gram Parsons.

The young Randall spent much of his childhood exploring the marshes of the Ashley river near his grandparents' home in Charleston, South Carolina. This lush, southern environment, coupled with his musical father's love of the piano had a great influence on his future. "I pretty much only remember hearing Willie Nelson and the Eagles played", he says. Pair that with an intellectual mother (a published writer and former Assistant Dean of English and Literature at Northwestern University) and an obvious young songwriter is incarnated. Elliot taught himself to play the piano and guitar and the writing came naturally. His mother always kept him reading, "whether I wanted to or not" he jokes, and stressed the importance of poetry for the soul.

Randall moved on to college life spending his first year on a golf scholarship at Arizona State. Out of pure wanderlust, he returned to California one year later, where his family had relocated in his high school years. He attended Santa Barbara Community College, where his song writing began to be noticed by the school's music department. "In my second year at SBCC, a song writing class and my first heartbreak converged to turn me into a songwriter."

Indicative of his southern upbringing, his dynamic song work traverses the Americana landscape; from greased up two-steps to outlaw country to hearty ballads. His debut album, released in May of 2007 has created a buzz and elicited significant praise: "Take The Fall" is, easily, one of the best releases of 2007...Every one of the ten tracks on this album is a winner," concludes Jeff Weiss of Miles Of Music. "This young man from San Francisco is one to watch."

Shortly before the release of "Take The Fall", Randall's powerful voice and sublime lyrics caught the ear of San Francisco classic rock station KFOG's Renee Richardson. "When I first heard Elliot's beautiful, almost haunting songs, I was immediately drawn in. I was surprised to learn that he was only in his twenties. But that's good for us, we have so much more of [him] to look forward to". The station, a champion for the best in burgeoning Bay Area talent added Randall's original track, "How To Get Old" to their annual "Local Scene" compilation cd, added it to their summer rotation and he was chosen to kick off the corresponding summer concert series in a live, on-air performance.

The kind of serendipity that connected Randall to Richardson was with him even earlier in his career when producer Joey Muller introduced him to his future com padre and first bandmate, guitarist James DePrato. DePrato, known in the Bay Area and beyond for his stellar guitar work and dubbed "brilliant" by Bay Area legend Chuck Prophet, put his musical insight to work for Randall and brought in local session drummer and skilled harmonizer Kyle Caprista. Caprista followed suit and brought in keyboardist/pianist Danny Blau, another bay area musician in great demand. Still searching for the final piece of the musical puzzle, the foursome set to work in the studio to record "Take The Fall". What resulted was a debut album called "superb" in more than one review. "On first listen it's easy to be lazy and compare Elliot Randall's superb release to some of Ryan Adam's best work...[Take The Fall] straddles the country and rock worlds proficiently and his work sounds both timeless and fresh." (Twangnation.com) Shortly after the release, bassist and former DePrato bandmate Danilo Lopez became the final component of the dynamic equation. Italian-born and raised in Southern California, Lopez was prone to rock, heading up two other successful musical projects, but he soon became enamored with the outlaw country and mutual love of song writing offered by Randall.

The quintet's diverse musical backgrounds and collective depth of experience soon garnered them coveted opening slots for the likes of Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Lyle Lovett, Cross Canadian Ragweed and Hayes Carll. Their following began to grow and soon they had played to packed rooms at nearly every premier venue in the greater Bay Area. The fans took notice. "When we walked in, local musician Elliot Randall and his band were bringing down the house", notes a self-proclaimed new fan/blogger. "This country girl was in love....the whole building was vibrating with energy....Wow. Just wow." (snappedinsin.com)

Many of the characteristics of the musical stylists that precede him are evident in Randall's songs and the comparisons they evoke. '"How To Get Old" is a damn fine song that could have come from Uncle Tupelo" says one reviewer. "Hints of Ryan Adams" noted Americana Roots Radio. "Kansas City Breakdown" also received special recognition as a standout song when Hickorywind.org's James Goodfellow named "Take The Fall" as one of the top 9 albums of 2007.

ASCAP also took notice early-on and chose "Hold The Candle" as one of eight songs to be showcased live at their "I Create Music" Expo in 2007. "We Don't Talk Like We Used To" was also selected for a review panel at the same event to illustrate what music supervisors look for in a song. Later that year, NARAS followed suit and chose Randall as the top regional Americana artist. Rounding out an impressive year for an independently released debut, "Take The Fall" was added in its entirety in November to XM Radio's "X Country" station where it remained in full rotation for sixteen weeks. The record reached number sixteen on the charts; quite an accomplishment considering the company of far more established acts like Lucinda Williams, Hayes Carll and Steve Earle.

The fact that Randall continually finds himself in this kind of company belies another: that it's only a matter of time for him to break onto the national scene. "Take The Fall", with it's modest critical success is an indicator of bigger things to come. It has all of the elements that indicate a bright future and lasting career.

Ingrooves is set to digitally re-release "Take The Fall" in January of 2009 with two bonus tracks.

"From the off, this album grabs you and doesn't let go. It's powerful, melodic, sublime and utterly delicious - all at the same time. Randall can make you soar, contemplate and pull at your heartstrings - all at the same time....It's all here. (Americana UK),

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At 10:04am on November 30, 2010, Elliot Randall said…
So 2010 is winding down and we have a had a crazy (like good crazy) year! There were many firsts for ER & The DM in 2010 and we are feeling very grateful right about now. This Thursday, we are capping it all off with a headline show @ The Independent in San Francisco...more on that later.

First of all, I'd like to thank everyone for coming to shows and supporting us! We love playing music and it is always more fun when people appreciate and enjoy it. Because of you, we are able to keep doing what we love. Thanks for the hand claps, couches to crash on, awesome photos, song requests, lyric remembering, write-ups, merch buying (and selling!) on and on and on...

Our sophomore album, "Caffeine & Gasoline" did perdy good for us this year, and with the help of sooo many people (our team of Americana music all-stars!), took us to places we'd never been. Like playing at the South By Southwest Music Festival as part of Jessie Scott's amazing Music Fog showcase. We are beyond grateful for our management, publicity, radio, and booking people. I just write these songs in a bedroom, car or wherever, but these folks believe in them and have helped give them a life of their own. Thank you all!!!

We hope to see you Thursday at The Independent and thank you all again for an amazing 2010!
Kindly,
ER

Details:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2010

PRESENTS:

Elliot Randall & The Deadmen/Victoria George

w/Tiny Television

8:00 pm (Doors at 7:30 pm)
The Independent
628 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA
Tickets: $12 Advance, $14 at the door
A handful left for NO service fees at http://www.elliotrandall.com
Also the owlmag is giving away one pair of free tix
At 3:14pm on April 21, 2010, Elliot Randall said…
Cool new fan video of our song "Getting My Nerve Up". Check it out:
At 1:37pm on December 15, 2009, Hopeful RomanTics said…
I just listened to "Take the Fall" in its entirety. That is a fantastic album. Looking forward to seeing you when you make to Armando's.
At 12:00pm on April 2, 2009, Kyla Fairchild said…
Hi! Welcome to the ND site. I loved your last record. Nice to have you here! Kyla
At 11:05am on April 1, 2009, No Depression said…
Hi Elliot - Welcome to the new community site! We hope you're finding everything okay. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback (here are some FAQs in case anything's confusing). Thanks for joining. Cheers!
Kim
At 3:44pm on March 31, 2009, Rachael Harryman said…
Hello there. Lovin' Hold the Candle.

Cheers,
Rachael
 
 
 

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