Mike Elliott

Celebrating Mike Elliott (May 18, 1940 – September 14, 2005), a Twin Cities guitarist born in Chicago. As a teen, he studied with Johnny Smith in Colorado and co-founded the influential jazz fusion group Natural Life in Minneapolis during the 1970s. Employed by Gibson Guitars, Elliott moved to Nashville in 1982 and worked with Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Cowboy Jack Clement, Trisha Yearwood, Steve Earle and many others. Mike returned to the Twin Cities in 1998 and joined the faculty of McNally Smith College of Music.

Published by baldpomegranatenixon

I'm an expatriate Memphis musician and an instructor at a private music college in Minnesota. I find a greater clarity in my appreciation for music from Memphis and the Mississippi Delta region, now that I've lived away from it for decades, than when I was growing up in the midst of it.

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