Elly Wininger

Elly Wininger

 
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"In the world of acoustic blues, Elly Wininger is on a level with the top payers. She brings a fiery style to the tradition, and adds her own special touch to songs that she and a cadre of other great songwriters have written. Never fails to entertain and 'wow!' an audience."

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Biography

2014 NY Blues Hall of Fame Inductee June 1, 2014
2012 Tall City Blues Fest Performer/Workshops
2012 Featured Performer Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Conference
2010 Official Showcase Selection /Folk Alliance Midwest Conference
2010 Songwriting Finalist / Susquehanna Music & Arts Festival
2008 Folk DJs Choice / Northeast Regional Folk Alliance
Honorable Mentions / International Songwriting Contest & Song of the Year
Selected for Review in Guitar Goddess Magazine (Upcoming)

"A folk-blues legend."
Stunning...Sparkling"
"Incredible picking"
"Pure energy, heart, and humor in one great performance."
"She's beyond category
"The woman is a musical explosion."

Known for her engaging performances, Elly got her start as a youngster in the folk club scene in New York where she was encouraged to perform by her guitar teacher, David Bromberg. Elly was playing blues and ragtime guitar in the basket houses of Greenwich Village while still in high school. She was on stage opening night at CBGB and performed there regularly as well as in other NYC venues such as Kennys Castaways, Dr. Generositys, Folk City and The Bitter End. Elly sang backup vocals at the Philadelphia Folk Festival alongside Maria Muldaur, and for Tanya Tucker at the Bottom Line. She shared stages with many of the eras top performers including Bonnie Raitt, Steve Goodman, Jack Elliott and Dave Van Ronk.

Elly kept playing while raising 3 kids, producing award-winning music documentaries for public radio, and working at Putumayo World Music. She and Susan Cohen formed WildFlowers and in 1997, Steve Burgh (Phoebe Snow, Steve Forbert) produced their CD Housewife From Hell, named for a song Elly wrote about the trials and tribulations combining music and motherhood.

Tracks from Ellys 2007 Release Back Eddy Blues are receiving airplay on over 100 radio stations across the USA, Canada, the UK, Europe, and Australia. "Housewife from Hell" is one of the ten most requested songs on Radio Teutoburger Wald in Germany.

A third CD, the critically acclaimed Part Time Paradise was released in July, 2010. Heres what Elly says about this one: After 5 decades of playing the acoustic guitar, this is finally the CD that expresses my passion for the instrument in its many glorious voices. From the country blues I have always loved, to original songs on the flat top and slide guitar, to some unusual covers of both well known and little known songs, this CD runs the gamut of American folk styles. And yes, there are vocals too, including an original sing-along (The Samsara Drinking Song) recorded live at a caf in the Hudson Valley. Blues, finger picking, slide guitar, you name it, it's here.

Elly makes her home in Woodstock, NY, and when not touring or teaching, she can be heard at Woodstock area venues such as The Bearsville Theater, Harmony of Woodstock, the Colony Cafe Cafe, or on WIOX 91.3FM  where she hosts The Front Burner and a live Webcast variety show: "Catskill Cabaradio." .


Lyrics

Next Year

Written By: Elly Wininger (BMI)

Next Year
Words & Music by Elly Wininger


This Time, Next Year,
I won’t be here
I’ll be out on my own,
Loving Alone, Next Year

This Time, Next Year,
Watch me disappear
I’ve put in my time,
It’s the end of the line, Next Year

Kiss me and say goodbye
You did your best, so did I.
Sometimes the wheel spins around
Puts your feet on the ground.

This Time, Next Year
I’ll have no fear
There’ll be no holding back,
I’m on my own track, Next year.

This Time, Next Year,
Finally outta here
So many chances gone by,
Now it’s my turn to fly, Next year.

I don’t know where I’ll go
Some other town, another show
Follow my dreams and see where they lead me.

This Time, Next Year
This Time, Next Year
This Time, Next Year

Housewife From Hell

Written By: Elly Wininger

Housewife from Hell
Words & Music by Elly Wininger

You may think that I should be at home
Foldin’ laundry ‘till the kids are grown.
Seen that look you give the kitchen floor
Every time I walk out the door.

Don’t you know, can’t you tell?
I want to do what I do well.
Guess you married the Housewife from Hell.

I love my home and my family,
But there’s so much music inside of me.
Before you can say ‘six-string guitar’
Got it in the back seat of my car.

Don’t you know, can’t you tell?
I want to do what I do well.
Guess you married the Housewife from Hell.

Please don’t holler, don’t put me down.
I’m not out spending money or running around.
Don’t let this come between me and you,
‘Cause a woman’s gotta what she’s gotta do.

Don’t you know, can’t you tell?
I want to do what I do well.
Guess you married the Housewife from Hell.

The Cabin

Written By: Elly Wininger

The Cabin
Words & Music © by Elly Wininger / BMI

Gonna find me a cabin in the woods far and deep.
Gonna hole up all winter, Just eat, sing and sleep.
And if I get lonely, I’ll write me a song
Throw a log on the fire, ‘cause I got to be gone.

And when springtime comes knockin’ I might open the door.
Take a look at what’s blooming on the wild forest floor.
Lay me down in the meadow, Let the sun warm my bones.
Then go back to the cabin- It’s so good being gone.

And through the long days of summer in the quiet and heat
I’ll sit down by the cool creek, Let it run over my feet.
Watch the hummingbirds hover ‘Till the day’s light is done
And the fireflies dancing what it means to be gone.

I don’t want you to see me. Please don’t bother to call.
You can write if you want to. Might not answer at all.
If your friends ask about me, Say I’m where I belong.
And I’ll be back whenever I’m done being gone.
I’ll be back whenever I’m done being gone.

Don't Wait

Written By: Elly Wininger

Don’t Wait Words & Music by Elly Wininger © 2008 / BMI

You are where you are going.
You Are.
You are where you are going.
You Are.
Don’t wait to open up your heart,
Don’t wait to give it all you’ve got.
Don’t Wait.
Don’t wait to open up your heart,
Don’t wait to give it all you’ve got.
Don’t Wait.

You are love. You’re the answer.
You are.
You’re the music, you’re the dancer.
Don’t wait.
Don’t wait to open up your heart,
Don’t wait to give it all you’ve got.
Don’t Wait.
Don’t wait to open up your heart,
Don’t wait to give it all you’ve got.
Don’t Wait.

Give the love you’ve been seeking.
Give love.
Live the dreams you’ve been keeping.
Don’t wait.
Don’t wait to give it all you’ve got.
Don’t Wait.
Don’t wait to open up your heart,
Don’t wait to give it all you’ve got.
Don’t Wait.

We are where we are going.
We are.
We are where we are going.
We are.
Don’t wait to give it all you’ve got.
Don’t Wait.
Don’t wait to open up your heart,
Don’t wait to give it all you’ve got.
Don’t Wait.

I Say Love

Written By: Elly Wininger

I SAY LOVE
Words & Music © Elly Wininger

If you want a life that you can order and explain
If you’re only open to the joy, but not the pain
If you cannot hear the music in the rain
Beware of love.

But if you’re moved by feelings mysterious and wild
That stir the ancient dust and resurrect the child
If you’ll risk your safety for the magic of a smile
Then I say love.

There are no rules but those that you design,
and then you break.
For you don’t know what you will do in love,
for its own sake.
And if you will surrender to the dance of give and take,
Then I say love.

Only love; only love, connects you to another soul.
Only Love, only love, can make the wounded whole.

So what is it in life that you were put here for?
How many times will fear keep you from opening the door?
Will you walk in trust though your steps may be unsure?

I say love. I say love.