Eli Gardiner

Eli Gardiner’s music is steeped in the singer songwriter tradition. Growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on a healthy dose of Springsteen, Croce, Taylor, Young, and Dylan, he learned about the art of songwriting early on. “Some of my first musical memories are listening to Saturday Night Gold on the radio with my family, hearing the oldies, songs like 'Runaway' by Del Shannon.” Eli states. Both his parents were musicians. His mother played flute and his father classical guitar.

Eli has been writing songs since he was in high school. Recording his first album when he was in college, The Fire and The Medicine will be his fifth album. A solo artist out of necessity, this time he decided to recruit some help to better serve the song. After moving to Minneapolis in the summer of 2018 he quickly jumped into the open mic scene of the Twin Cities. There he met some talented musicians who recorded on the new album.

The Fire and the Medicine was recorded and mixed at Bathtub Shrine studio in Minneapolis. Greg Schutte (Ryan Bingham, Mickey Hart) recorded, mixed, produced, and played drums. Nick Salisbury (Ryan Bingham, Brian Fallon, Jack Klatt) played bass. And Dan Schwartz played slide guitar, electric, mandolin, and banjo (his recordings have earned him a nomination for guitarists of the year and local Folk/roots album of the year).

The songs on the new album are both personal and political.  "The Right and the Wrong" a mid-tempo groove and the first song to be released off the new album, is undeniably relatable. Eli sings "walkin down the street, prayin for the rain, prayin for the lost and the broken and the pain." These songs are empathetic, full of soul, the stories of what it’s like to live in a world of confusion, pain and to ultimately find hope.

Past Shows


Oct
13
th
2021
Turf Club
Oct
13
th
2021
Turf Club

Cary Morin & Ghost Dog

with Eli Gardiner

More Shows

Jan
14
th
Fine Line

Dry Cleaning

Nov
2
nd
7th St Entry
Oct
29
th
First Avenue

Flip Phone XXL ⏤ Halloween ft. Pangina Heals ( RuPaul's Drag Race )

Oct
31
st
First Avenue

First Avenue’s Annual Halloween Party and Costume Contest presents HAUNTED DISCO ⏤ The Best Halloween Party in Town