Bert Elliot

Old school rock n’ roll – you like it, maybe love it. Here at PEV, most of us do indeed love it. So when we get to feature guys like Bert Elliot (a man who knows how to lay it down on the guitar), we get a bit excited. We’re not going to delay your jump into the XXQ’s, so other than checking out Bert’s new record and looking into his road schedule, hear what Elliot has to say about his sound: “I am a very melodic guitar player. I concentrate on playing with feel. Tone is very important to me. I don't just play loud, I use many vintage styles.” Like I said – guy is a pro. Keep going and learn more!

XXQs: Bert Elliot (PEV):   How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

BE:   I am a very melodic guitar player.  I concentrate on playing with feel.  Tone is very important to me.  I don't just play loud, I use many vintage styles.

PEV:   Tell  us how you developed your musical journey.   Why did you decide to run with this?

BE:   I was very young when I realized how good music made me feel.  It was then I knew this was my outlet for self expression.

PEV:  What can fans expect from a live show?

BE:   Energy, great vibes, well-executed compositions.
PEV:  What is the first thing that comes to mind when you write a song?
BE:    It's different every time.  Sometimes a drumbeat, sometimes a melody.  It depends.
PEV:  What is your creative process like?
BE:    I'll sit at the computer and record some tracks with a guitar, piano or drums.

PEV:  What was the underlining inspiration for you?

BE:    Listening to records of great guitar players.
PEV:  Thinking back to when you first started out do you ever look back at your career and think about your earlier days and how you've arrived where you are today?
BE:    Not that often.
PEV:  Whats one thing you would be surprised to hear about you?
BE:    I eat sweets in my sleep.
PEV:  Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a career for you?
BE:    When I started playing drums at 8 years old.
PEV:  What word best describes you?
BE:    Dedicated.
PEV:  How is life for you in the music world? Best and worst parts
BE:   A.  The positive reaction I get from new and old fans. B.  Would like to see many more fans in the audience.
PEV:  Is there one area that you wish you could travel around and play?
BE:   The French Riviera.
PEV:  How have your friends and family reacted to your career?
BE:    They love and respect it.
PEV:  Whats it like when you play your hometown?
BE:     That's the best feeling.  People/fans feel like they are a part of you.
PEV:  What can we find you doing in your spare time?
BE:     Practicing my guitar and spending time w/my family.
PEV:  Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration and why?
BE:     Jeff Beck
PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking our for now?

BE:    Joe Bonnamassa
PEV:  If you weren't playing music now what do you think would be your career?
BE:     Teaching music.
PEV:  What is next for you?
BE:    Going on the road to promote my new album.
PEV:  What are your favorite genres?
BE:    Rock, Blues and New Age.
PEV:  How did you first get started in music

BE:    I was accepted into the orchestra playing drums in third grade.

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