Eliza Gilkyson



Feeling the need to take a little break from the socio-political music that she felt compelled to write for her last six albums, twice Grammy-nominated folk artist Eliza Gilkyson moved her base from Austin, TX to Taos, NM. Inspired by memories of characters and events that birthed her enduring love affair with the West, Eliza’s new album, Songs From the River Wind, spans 40 years — from originals to vintage classics — and culminate with her decision to relocate permanently to Taos, where she is sinking down deep roots at long last.  The album is #2 on the NACC Folk Chart and the Top 30 Americana Album Chart. Eliza will be hitting the road for tour and festival dates (scroll down for a complete listing).

With a nod to her dad, folksinger Terry Gilkyson and his 1950s folk group “The Easy Riders,” who recorded original and traditional folk songs with a distinctive western flavor, Eliza joined forces with her old friend Don Richmond to produce the record, enlisting Don’s much loved Southwest band “The Rifters” to sing backup harmonies. The group shines on Eliza’s version of The Easy Riders’ version of the traditional tune, “Wanderin.’”

As always, Eliza enlists top-notch musicians for the sessions, with cameos from Warren Hood on fiddle, Kym Warner on mandolin, and Michael Hearne on vocals. Songs from the River Wind finds Eliza performing old and new originals, select cover songs that fit the theme, and a few adaptations of venerable old cowboy tunes adapted to a female perspective, including “Buffalo Gals Redux” and “The Colorado Trail.”

Flashing forward to the present, “Don’t Stop Loving Me” is a love song not only to a partner but a place, embracing the expansive vistas and gorgeous sunsets of the West and celebrating the home you expect to be your last.

Eliza quotes the Irish poet George Moore, who said, ‘A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.’ “The same can be said for this woman, a wanderer who loved the road and the music life but who was always hoping to find her true home in the world,” she says.

Songs From the River Wind is the story of that quest, the lives and loves, the people and places in her beloved West, and the river of longing that brought her to the place where she could finally rest her bones and feel, with certainty, that she was home. For tour dates and more, go to https://elizagilkyson.com

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Apr 17                     Taos NM – Livestream: Live from the Adobe Garage
May 6                     Alamosa, CO – Society Hall w/The Rifters
May 7                      La Veta CO – La Veta Mercantile w/the Rifters
May 19                    Folk Alliance International Conference Livestream May 27-29             Kerrville, TX – Kerrville Folk Festival w/ Mike Hardwick
May 30-31              Kerrville, TX  – Kerrville Song School
Jun 9-12                  Taos NM – Casa Musica Songwriting Workshop       Livestream: w/ Don Richmond/John Gorka
Jun 24-26               Laytonville CA – Kate Wolf Folk Festival @
Jul 11-15                  Big Indian, NY – Facts & Refrains @ Full Moon Resort
Aug 11                      Boulder, CO – eTown #
Aug 12                     Denver, CO – Swallow Hill #
Sept 2-4                  Pagosa Springs, CO – Four Corners Folk Festival
Sept 14                     Santa Ynez,  CA – Takes from the Tavern #
Sep 16                      Santa Monica CA – McCabe’s #
Sep 17                      San Pedro CA – Grand Annex #
Dec 1                        Berkeley CA – Freight & Salvage @
Dec 2                        Soquel CA – Michael’s On Main @


2. Buffalo Gals Redux
3. Farthest End
4. Charlie Moore
5. Wind River and You
6. Colorado Trail
7. The Hill Behind This Town
8. Bristlecone Pine
9. Before the Great River Was Tamed
10. At the Foot of The Mountain
11. Don’t Stop Loving Me
12. Taosena Lullaby
13. CM Schottische

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