Brian Elder is a St. Louis based musician, songwriter, and teacher with over twenty years experience performing as a violinist, guitarist, and vocalist. He has performed with award winning musicians from across the world and is a determined advocate for music education. Brian Elder & The Wide River, Volume One is his second solo release and is now available at all your favorite music outlets including CD Baby, Spotify, Apple iTunes, and more.
Brian Elder & The Wide River, Volume One is a twelve-song album released June, 2017. Complete details, credits, and lyrics can be found HERE.
Carry On This Mighty Water * Gateway City * In The Morning * Dear Martha * A Second Act * Undertow * Song for Maryanne * Lord Make Me Strong Enough * I’m A Stone * Breaking Through * Up In Our Tree * Look What We’ve Become
All Songs Written by Brian Elder widerivermusic.com © 2017 Brian Elder Music
The new album features outstanding musicians from St. Louis and beyond including Ben Reece, Jim Peters, Tony Barbata, Nathan Hershey, Jake Brookman, Jacob Detering, Emily Wallace, Adam Hucke, Aaron Chandler, and Lola Toben.
Spotify Playlists featuring both Brian and the cast of talent who helped craft the project:
Brian Elder’s style of performance and songwriting has been called “folky, jazz-inflected funk” by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. His latest project, Brian Elder & The Wide River (volume one), features musicians from St. Louis and beyond including Ben Reece, Jim Peters, Tony Barbata, Nathan Hershey, Jake Brookman, Jacob Detering, Emily Wallace, Adam Hucke, Aaron Chandler, and Lola Toben. The 12-song album of original music was produced by Brian and Jacob Detering at Red Pill Studios in south St. Louis. The album tells a narrative about love, loss, and redemption along the river and debuts May, 2017.
Beyond his own project, Brian serves as principal violinist of the University City Symphony Orchestra, violinist with the Gateway Festival Orchestra and performs regularly with various ensembles including the Landolfi String Quartet and Steve Shaw & the Cottonwood Gunners. Brian has made guest violin appearances with The Go Set, Barry Manilow, the Peter Mayer Group, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. His various ensembles have also opened for Pat Benatar, The Doobie Brothers, The Neville Brothers, Sister Hazel, Canned Heat, .38 Special, Little Feat, Leftover Salmon, and the Atomic Fireballs.
Brian holds a Master of Music in Music Education degree from Boston University and is a member of the faculty at The Fulton School at St. Albans. Growing up in Columbia, Missouri, Brian studied violin with Kathy Rollings and earned a music scholarship to the University of Missouri. He continued his studies with violin professor John McLeod and graduated from Mizzou with degrees in Music and Political Science. He is a current member of the National Association of Music Education, the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International, and the American Federation of Musicians. Brian and his wife Robyne live in St. Louis and are the proud parents of their sons Will and Charlie.