Canyon Kids frontman and guitarist/percussionist Bo Elledge has dedicated the better part of the last decade to song craft. He’s a persistent dude. Along with bandmate Dusty Nichols, Elledge has co-penned albums for Canyon Kids—a self-titled in 2014 and the borrowed poetry of Best Loved Poems of the American People in 2016—as well as a seminal Jackson Hole album from the duo’s first local project as Elk Attack, Second Born, in 2012. Canyon Kids released the seven-track Leviathan last summer. Aptly on Valentine’s Day, Elledge drops his debut solo EP, Love & Good Luck. Buckrail gained access to stream the release a day early, so enjoy the stream above.
Elledge is arguably one of the strongest male vocalists in the region. On Love & Good Luck, he sidesteps some of the intense rock vocals and dense tracks of Leviathan into a more laidback zone that harvests plenty of musical space to showcase his voice and his lyrics. Crafty local bassist Leif Routman (Whiskey Mornin’, Freda Felcher) is featured prominently in the mix, giving the sonic impression of a full rhythm section despite the absence of a drummer. Elledge adds kick drum, tambourine, and snaps and claps to round out the percussion feel.
Though Elledge sings “I’ve been writing sad songs too damn long/been burning all my bridges, doing it all wrong” in the opening lines of “Let’s Get it,” he has a lot of feel-good material in his arsenal while maintaining an acute sense for the folk-pop hook. Love & Good Luck is a snapshot of this evolution with a theme intact.
“Every singer-songwriter wants an album they can call their own,” Elledge said. “These are mostly love songs, the ups and downs of things. Writing is therapeutic for me and having solo material gives me the opportunity to play when the Canyon Kids cannot. I owe a sincere thank you to all of the musicians involved with the project.”
Fellow Canyon Kids members Sheena Dhamsania (vocals on “Persistant Dude”), fiddler Matt Herron, and Nichols pitch-in as studio musicians along with guitarist Chris Polk, bassist Sam Lowenthal and keyboardist/saxophonist Joe Rudd. Rudd also produced and mixed the EP, and contributed two electronically modified “Goldcone Remixes” to close the EP.