In his debut album, Pianist Elliott McClain of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) honors the traditional country songs for which his hometown of Nashville is known. “You Don’t Know Me” is a nod to Ray Charles’ cover and is influenced by the piano stylings of jazz great Gene Harris. Perhaps his favorite performance on the album is “Faint of Heart,” a song by Vince Gill (Local 257). Other tracks cover songs popularized by Willie Nelson of Local 433 (Austin, TX), Dwight Yoakam of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), Paul Simon, Johnny Cash, and Glen Campbell.
McClain is known for his improvisational skills and expressive playing style. Blind since birth, Elliott began playing the piano at the age of four and was influenced by radio and his uncle’s record collection. He was especially drawn to live radio programming and recordings of live performances. Jazz and blues deeply inform his compositions and interpretations.