Welcome to my Sonoran Desert life.
I created the South~Western genre to describe the music, stories and poetry written by my life in the Desert Southwest. I write, sing and tell stories to share with you this wild and dangerous place I live, because deep down, I think you also hunger for big skies, adventure and a little something to tame.
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"The Heart of It All" is my registered and branded workshop which teaches the importance of and guides you on how to leave a legacy of your life's journey through written or spoken word, music and art.
A Couple of Reviews
Author Rod Miller "Listening to Tall Tree"
There’s a certain expectation I suspect most Western music aficionados have when sliding a CD into the player (or whatever you call it when playing one of those digital thingies). You expect a rich, vibrant voice accented with a hint of wide-open spaces. You expect lyrics relevant to life in the West, past or present. And you expect to hear guitars and an assemblage of other familiar instruments.
But that’s where Nancy Elliott starts, rather than finishes, with this collection. It stretches the expectations of Western music to the point that she labels her music South-Western Americana.
Backing Nancy’s resonant vocals are the expected instruments, blended with unexpected additions such as pan flutes, eagle bone whistles, native flutes, hammered dulcimer, congas, tumbas, and other assorted drums. The result is music that is undeniably Western, but with added spice that enriches the sound in unexpected and alluring ways.
It’s a good sound. And the songs are darn good, too. Slide Tall Tree
from Nancy Elliott
into your CD player—you’ll like what comes out.
Best of the West Review by Rick Huff
"Not that she didn’t do so before now but, since going solo, A r i z o n a ’ s N a n c y Elliott has produced some especially interesting music. You’ll find more of it here. Also, you’ll discover effective use of World Music elements in the arrangements...including udu, conga and tumba as well as bone, Pan and Native flutes! Western picks include Elliott originals “Thirty Some Miles,” “A Crazy Horse,” the swinging “Starlight Ballroom,” “Horseman’s Hands” (a co-write with Stewart MacDougall), “Gypsy Heart” and a latter day McIntyre/Tyson collaboration “Desert Motel.” Among the seventeen participating players on the tracks you’ll see some old friends from various Western and Bluegrass groups including Benny Young, Bruce Huntington, Walt Michael and Stewart MacDougall, among others. The sound they all make is full and satisfying. This album is enjoyable on a number of different levels. Eleven tracks, highly recommended. CD: (available through www.NancyElliottMusic.com) "