CD Review: Elonzo — All My Life

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All My Life

By Eileen Tilson

Dan Bourdeau, drummer for South Carolina band
Elonzo, explains that a lot of the inspiration his wife and brother-in-law
received in putting together their debut album, All My Life, comes from
the post-Victorian home on E. White St. in Rock Hill, S.C., that the three of
them live in: “It remains beautiful despite being a bit dilapidated.” This
illusion provides the perfect back drop to Elonzo’s sound. Despite the fact that
their songs are simple and dripping of sad introspection of a self proclaimed
sinner, they are an honest representation of a sweet southern town, in which
time seems to stand still.

The album was literally produced inside this
battered house, thus the reason for the occasional background noise and train
horns, that ironically add to the flavor of this low country boil Each song
seems to be a page right out of songwriter Jeremy Davis’ journal, wise beyond
his years, yet somewhat unbelievable. With the background of bluegrass guitars and banjo
Davis seems to be channeling the
spirit of John Steinbeck
Like the Old 97’s and Band of Horses, Elonzo
seems to capture the heart of Americana. The album could easily be the
soundtrack to Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Kris Kristofferson hopping a train,
watching the tumbleweeds roll by, all while talking about their past lives.
All My Life epitomizes the art of Southern storytelling, exaggerated, yet
completely heartfelt.

Elonzo plays Smith's Olde Bar on July 12, as part of the bar's "3 for 5" night – three bands for $5! Tickets are available at the door.


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