Eli Conley is a Bay Area-based singer-songwriter with a voice that shifts deftly from country choirboy to soulful croon at the turn of a phrase. Steeped in Americana music and the singer-songwriter tradition, he crafts modern day folk songs for misfits from the raw material of his life as a queer man with Virginia roots. "Oh what gorgeous, soulful music!" raves roots music innovator Laura Love, "Eli Conley's writing and singing are exquisite."
With At The Seams, Eli Conley embarked on his first studio recording in a project completely funded by his devoted fans. Propelled by an impressive 141%-funded Indiegogo campaign, Eli was able to record at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle with producer Michael Connolly, whose list of credits include albums for Tylan (of Girlyman) and The Blackberry Bushes, as well as tours as a side musician with the Indigo Girls and as a performer with his own sultry roots trio, Coyote Grace. Michael’s breadth of experience made him a perfect choice to produce At The Seams: on the album he plays all the instruments that accompany Eli’s acoustic guitar, including dobro, bass, accordion and Rhodes piano. The arrangements are spare yet well-balanced, creating space for Eli’s songs to shine.
The songs themselves span a wide range of themes, easily flowing between the personal and political while dancing artfully between genres. “Call You Out” features instantly catchy rhythms and is about a secret crush. “Dry as Sin” is a classic political folk ballad drawn from the mountain coal mines of Virginia where Eli finds his roots. The songs gently inhabit familiar ground— inviting comparisons to Steve Earle, Elliot Smith, Patty Griffin and Gillian Welch—but never dwell in one place for too long. As a result, the album has broad cross-genre appeal.
released September 28, 2013
Eli Conley - guitar, vocals
with Michael T. Connolly - bass, piano, mandolin, octave mandolin, lap steel, accordion, dobro, Rhodes piano, percussion
All songs written by Eli Conley, BMI, all rights reserved
Produced by Michael Thomas Connolly
Recorded and mixed by Michael T. Connolly at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle, WA
Additional engineering by Jordan Cunningham
Mastered by Rick Fisher at RFI Mastering in Seattle, WA
Papercuts and sewing by Tobie Klibanksy
Cover based on a photo by Phyllis Christopher
Graphic design by Michael T. Connolly
Lyrics at www.eliconley.com