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Eliza Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter, who has become one of the most respected musicians in folk and Americana music circles. The Grammy-nominated artist has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown, Sirius/XM, Air America Radio and has toured with Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
The daughter of legendary songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza grew up in Los Angeles knowing that her life would revolve around music. As a teenager, she recorded demos for her father, an accomplished songwriter whose songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dean Martin, Johnny Cash (“Memories Are Made of This”) and the White Stripes.
After living and recording in the Southwest and in Europe, Eliza settled down in Austin, Texas.
In July 2010 she released the Billboard-charting recording, Red Horse, with friends and fellow Red House songwriters John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky, and in 2011 she released "Roses at the End of Time", her first new solo recording in three years. Like the tracks she recorded for Red Horse, "Roses at the End of Time", and the much anticipated follow-up CD released in March 2014, "The Nocturne Diaries" was produced by her son Cisco Ryder and recorded in her hometown of Austin, Texas.
Although Eliza tours regularly, she remains an active member of the Austin music community and is involved specifically with water conservation issues and The Worker’s Defense Project, which advocates rights for undocumented workers in the United States. In 2010, she co-founded 5604 MANOR, a community center in Austin that promotes political activism and community involvement around issues of race, patriarchy and global injustice.