“I’m in love with that banjo fiddle girl,” said veteran rocker Ike Reilly, upon hearing Eliza Blue play for the first time. Reilly isn’t alone. “I’m in love with Eliza Blue,” or something close to that has been the typical response to the haunting, timeless music that Eliza Blue has been casting out in Twin Cities clubs, pubs, and theaters over the last few years. Now the rest of the world will discover her organic magic with the release of her sophomore album, The Road Home.
Trained as a classical violinist, Eliza Blue took up the fiddle after falling in love with old-timey music, and soon began writing songs of her own. Guitar came next, then mandolin and banjo. Engineered, produced, and mixed by Eliza Blue with help from Ben Durrant (Andrew Bird, Dosh), Darren Jackson (Kid Dakota, The Hopefuls) this album showcases her impressive skills as an instrumentalist, as well as her deeply affecting vocals and songwriting. Blue recorded the vast majority of the tracks alone her attic between February and August 2009, and as a result, unavoidable house noises, baby sparrows from the nest outside the window, and crickets from the deepest part of the night make appearances. The result is an extraordinarily intimate journey marked by loss, longing, and redemption.