That voice! You'll recognize it everywhere. Eli Conley possesses the rare gift of a distinctive vocal timbre that separates him from scores of singer-songwriters in the modern folk ilk.... This is the stuff that long, successful careers are made of. Tom Semioli, Minor 7th
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February 24, 2017
In January I went into Tiny Telephone studios in Oakland with some dear musician friends to record my sophomore album, Strong & Tender. This record touches on themes of longing, grief, and fighting for justice in an era when white supremacy is on the rise. I wanted to capture the sound of the band I’ve played with on tour on the east coast over the past few years – Conrad Sisk on cello, and Joel Price on mandolin, violin, and harmony vocals.
Joel flew in from Philly on a Wednesday night, and on Thursday afternoon we got together to rehearse in person for the first time. I’d sent him demo recordings of the songs that I made on my computer, and we’d had one online video chat where he played his ideas for me over my recordings so I could give feedback on his ideas, but that’s not exactly the same as rehearsing together live!