Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter to let her soul shine |

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter to let her soul shine

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Grammy Award-nominee Eliza Gilkyson performs songs from her newest CD, "Paradise Hotel," Saturday night in Carbondale. Submitted Photo

CARBONDALE – Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson’s work has been praised as “poetic and honest,” and this third-generation musician is expected to open her soul to a Carbondale audience at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Thunder River Theatre.The acclaimed Austin, Texas, performer makes a special local appearance when she returns to Carbondale for one night only – one of two shows in the state.Gilkyson grew up in Los Angeles surrounded by music. The daughter of successful songwriter Terry Gilkyson, she knew her life would revolve around music.

“I got into it for all the wrong reasons, more as a survival tool than anything else, but it proved to serve me more than I dared to imagine,” she states on her Web site, a teenager, she recorded demos for her dad, who wrote the folk music hits “Greenfields,” “Marianne,” and “Memories Are Made of This.” Soon after, she began writing and recording her own material.Described as a musical cousin to Lucinda Williams, Gilkyson has built a strong following as one of this country’s finest contemporary folk artists, with a reputation for edgy lyrics filled with piercing imagery, all presented in a lush and passionate voice.

Gilkyson has appeared on National Public Radio, as well as the stages of Austin City Limits and the nationally syndicated E-Town radio program. In 2003 she was inducted as a member into the Austin Music Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Willie Nelson, Nancy Griffith, Townes Van Zandt and others.Her album “Land of Milk and Honey” ranges from personal to more political themes and was nominated for a Grammy in 2004. Guest artists on the album include Slaid Cleaves, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Griffin and Iris DeMent.Another claim to the Grammy Awards came in March 2007 when she learned that Craig Hella Johnson of the choral group Conspirare used her song “Requiem.” The resulting CD was nominated for a Grammy.

“Paradise Hotel,” her follow-up effort after “Milk and Honey,” also earned numerous awards and honors. Now, she is touring in support of her July 2007 release, “Your Town Tonight,” a live album recorded at the Cactus Café in Austin.Advance-sale tickets are available at Sounds Easy in Carbondale (963-1303), Glenwood Music in Glenwood Springs (928-8628), and at The Great Divide Music Store in Aspen (925-7492).The Thunder River Theatre is located at 67 Promenade in downtown Carbondale, just east of Sixth Street, between Main Street and Colorado Avenue.The concert is a presentation of Big Jig Entertainment in association with KDNK. More information is available at 925-7379 or via e-mail at

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