Eli Waltz

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Eli Waltz is a world traveler and American folk musician who focuses the sum of his experiences on the road into a sound reminiscent of a different time. His music draws from the musical traditions of American Blues, Folk, “rock ‘n’ roll” and Chinese guqin music; his lyrics are inspired by the poets of the Beat Generation.

He is heralded for his philosophical lyricism, unconventional chord progressions and hard-hitting harmonica solos. He weaves in traditional Chinese music–inspired by months and years living in Beijing and Yunnan as a working musician–and even classical music to create a signature folk sound.

He has earned comparisons to musicians ranging from Ray Lamontagne to Colter Wall to Gregory Alan Isakov, and he aims to build upon and honor the legacies of his all-time favorites: Townes Van Zandt, John Lee Hooker, John Fahey and Bob Dylan.

Waltz has shared the stage with nationally-recognized artists including Willie Carlise, Andrew Combs and Rett Madison and his music has received praise from Sir Paul McCartney among other musical heroes.

He is part of a new wave of up-and-coming American Blues and Folk artists.