Credit: Scott Newton

Credit: Scott Newton

“Like the master writer she is, Gilkyson cuts through the jungle of posturing leftist verbiage and conservative spin… She packs a political punch that is as entertaining and blue-collar as the work of Woody Guthrie” – Houston Press

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     Eliza Gilkyson is a 2-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and  Americana circles. She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits,  Mountain Stage, etown, Sirius/XM, Air America Radio and has toured  worldwide as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Dan Fogelberg.

Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and recognized with countless Austin Music and Folk Alliance awards. Eliza’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.”

Her latest release on Red House Records, The Nocturne Diaries, produced by her son Cisco Ryder, is a journey through the dark night of the soul that ends at the light of dawn with a sense of gratitude and a stubborn little ray of hope.

Eliza is an active member of the Austin music and political community, including the environmental organization Save Our Springs, and she is a co-founder of 5604 Manor,  an Austin-based resource center that promotes political activism and  community involvement around issues of race, patriarchy and global injustice.