Currently Elliot Brown (and The Candy Caps) is a 25 year-old solo recording artist based in Mangawai, Nortland. Influences include Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, Tom Paxton, Radio Head, the Pixies, Creedence Clearwater, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Kris Kristofferson, but don’t let his influence by these legends fool you into thinking you’ve heard anything like his craft before. Elliot Brown music fits within several genres, including Modern American Folk, Alternative and Classic Rock, and Modern Alternative Country.
Elliot is a primarily self-taught guitarist and vocalist, receiving his first guitar and lessons from his father at the age of six, and only a few lessons from a professional jazz/classical musician at the age of twelve. Studying a variety of the greatest artists of many disciplines, he has absorbed lessons in classical harmonies from artists such as Bach, vocal harmonies of Brian Wilson, with haunting lyrics inspired by a love of the work of Edgar Allen Poe. He attributes much of his passion to his love of folk and classic country artists, such as Bill Monroe and Hank Williams. Elliot Brown’s music captures the full spectrum of human emotion with his complex melodies and visual lyrics. His talent is self-evident, or as Kim Freiderich of Punk Globe says, “[Elliot is] a man with so much talent that it made me stop and drop what I was doing…I found myself listening to his songs one by one over and over… mesmerized with what I was hearing.” Kim goes on to point out; “You are not signed to a label, which I find quite funny since it’s been a long time since I have heard this much talent.” This is a common response to Elliot's magic. Paul Gallagher of Under the Radar and 95bFM who has played his music “religiously” says, “[He is] one of the more under-appreciated troubadours of New Zealand music, Elliot Brown has been a force of lyrical talent for as long as I have known him”; going on to add, “There has always been a mix of brutally earnest honesty within Elliot's music and a thematic blues folk aesthetic of an Dylan / Bo Diddley / Winston Churchill-speech quoting odyssey.”
Elliot’s debut album Delirium Tremens features 21 songs recorded over the last two years, with samplings from both The Stomps and Elliot Brown and the Candy Caps, recorded by Gundry Audio, and is available for sale at Amazon, download at iTunes and available for sample on his WebPages. Elliot is continuing to compose music, write lyrics and record tracks for his upcoming album, expected to be completed by January of 2011. Currently, Elliot is playing venues based in New Zealand, But with a solid fan base of 27,000 in the USA, is also planning a tour of the United States within the Year.
Elliot Brown is showcased on a variety of radio stations including terrestrial stations such as KiwiFM, 95bFM , BBC Radio and Radio Boudaki, to college and online radio stations like www.HeadcaseRadio.com from Seattle and IM Radio 2.0 at www.IMRadio.com and many more. Current marketing efforts include networking with radio stations worldwide, booking efforts focused in the United States and New Zealand, with a unique approach to social networking that has invited fans from all over the world to participate in his craft by creating music videos with free artistic license, covers of his work and much, much more. Elliot currently has more than 27,000 fans on his main MySpace account alone, with more than 79,000 plays and nearly 142,000 page views by his efforts alone.
Elliot Brown is on a mission to be heard in every home and vehicle on the face of the earth, and to find his home with a major artists' recording label.
Elliot Brown (guitar, vocals)
Dave Khan (mandolin, fiddle, banjer, guitar, vocals)
Hariet Ellis (vocals, keyboards, bass)
Fred Renata (bass, vocals)
Jackson Hobbs (percussion, vocals, bass)
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