nternational Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year, Ordinary Elephant captivates audiences with their emotionally powerful and vulnerable songs, letting the listener know that they are not alone in this world. The collaboration of husband and wife Pete and Crystal Damore, their connection, and their influences (such as Gillian Welch, Guy Clark, Anais Mitchell) all meet on stage.
"Two become one, in song...hand-in-glove harmonies surprise the listener with focused intensity and musical mastery," says Mary Gauthier. Their forthcoming album, Honest, was recorded in Nashville with producer Neilson Hubbard (Mary Gauthier, Sam Baker). Nashville studio staples Will Kimbrough (guitar) and Michael Rinne (bass) tastefully contribute only what is needed, letting the songs speak for themselves.
2018 International Folk Music Awards - Artist of the Year (2017) 2018 AMERICANAFEST Official Showcase Artist 2018 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Artist 2017 Kerrville New Folk Finalist 2017 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist 2017 NewSong LEAF Festival Finalist - Top 3 2017 Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA) Official Showcase Artist 2017 Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA) Official Showcase Artist 2017 Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) Official Showcase Artist 2017 January Folk DJ Chart - No. 2 album (Before I Go), No. 3 song (Best of You) 2017 Family Folk Chorale Songwriting Competition - 3rd Place 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest - Folk/Acoustic - Gold 2016 Songwriter Serenade Finalist - 6th Place 2015 Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA) Official Alternates Showcase artist 2015 Songwriter Serenade Semi-finalist 2014 Texas Music Awards Nominee - Vocal Duo of the Year 2013 Music Doing Good with Lyrics songwriting contest winners
Just "Another Day" with Pete & Crystal, live from Palm Beach, Florida.
About Ordinary Elephant, in the words of their fans:
"Crystal and Pete, Ordinary Elephant, are an extraordinarily well matched duo, whose music seems to pour out of singular place, like Buddy and Julie Miller, Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. Two become one, in song. Stripped down, intertwined clawhammer banjo and guitar, and hand in glove harmonies surprise the listener with focused intensity and musical mastery. Songs are pouring out of them, and I suspect their rise will be steady. I'm a fan."
"I’m a big fan of Ordinary Elephant—their intimate songs, the weaving harmonies, and the stories that draw you in as if you were gathered around an enchanted campfire." -Eliza Gilkyson
"Their harmonies, singing, the whole presentation...as genuine as it gets" -Lloyd Maines
“It’s not just raw talent, although that’s not a bad place to start. The part that becomes magic for Ordinary Elephant is the blend, the sound that becomes more than the sum of the individual parts.” -Bill Aspinwall, Texas Music Journal
“I'm impressed by many things, but mostly by the songwriting style...[the lyrics are] very economical and stripped down, but seem to effortlessly evoke the kind of poignancy and emotion someone expects of artists with more salt on their shoulders.” -Chuck Hawthorne
“It is pure. It’s masterful. It is brilliant in the simplicity of two voices and two instruments spinning together, intertwining in utter beauty and perfection, even in its imperfections.” - Red Line Roots