Elliott and the Untouchables
Elliott and the Untouchables, from Columbia, SC, perform the “real deal”… authentic, vintage blues. From jumpin’ west coast swing numbers to burnin’ slow blues and nasty slide guitar workouts, the Untouchables’ repertoire is as diverse and powerful as the blues itself.
The band has performed at clubs and festivals throughout the southeast, including the House Of Blues, the Birmingham Jam, the Charleston Blues Festivals and on Memphis’ Beale Street at the Crossroads Music Festival. The Untouchables traveled to Ireland, opening for music legend Van Morrison at the 7th annual Monaghan Rhythm & Blues Festival. They also played to enthusiastic fans at the Blackstairs Blues festival in County Wexford, Ireland.
The Untouchables have released five CD’s on BluePoint Records. Their latest release, “Voodoo Stew“, features all original material that showcases a variety of blues styles… from swingin’ jump tunes to gritty juke joint numbers. Previous releases, “Smokin’ The Blues”, “Both Ends Burnin’”, “Danger Zone” and “Last Meal”, have been top sellers for the BluePoint label.
Elliott New – Guitar/Lead Vocals
Elliott New discovered the blues at a young age through the British blues artists, but it was a Muddy Waters record (“McKinley Morganfield A.K.A. Muddy Waters”) that really changed his life. Along this blues journey, Elliott hosted two blues radio shows where he became a devoted bluesologist. At first, his guitar inspiration came from the gritty Chicago artists like Otis Rush and Hound Dog Taylor. Later, Elliott became more interested in the jazzier jump blues stylings of T-Bone Walker, Tiny Grimes, and Hollywood Fats. Over the years, Elliott has played with blues greats including Guitar Shorty, Mike Morgan & the Crawl, Bob Margolin, the late Robert Covington, and more. Through concert appearances in the US and abroad, Elliott continues to spread his style of jump-influenced blues.
“Elliott New plays thick and tasty guitar.” DJ Rockin’ Ralph – KHDC FM (Salinas, California)
The Diddley Bow
Many of the original blues greats started playing music on crude homemade instruments. In its simplest form, a “diddley bow” was a single string stretched between two nails, played with a bottle to slide across the stings to make different notes. Often, diddley bows were made out of cigar boxes and broomsticks and looked more like guitars. Inspired by Richard Johnston’s mind-boggling blues played on the Lowe-Bow (a 4-string electric diddley bow created by Memphis luthier, John Lowe), Elliott started experimenting and building his own 4- and 5-string diddley bow cigar-box guitars. He has been using his “Ell-bows” in a band setting to play some swamp/funk Mississippi blues. The diddley bow pictured above is one of Elliott’s hand-built creations used on 4 tracks of the new “Voodoo Stew” CD.
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