Elliott and the Untouchables, from Columbia, SC, are Red Hot. They perform the "real deal"... authentic, vintage blues. From jumpin' west coast swing numbers to burnin' slow blues and nasty slide guitar workouts on an electric diddley bow, the Untouchables' repertoire is as diverse and powerful as the blues itself.
The band has taken their high-energy show to clubs and festivals across the US including the House of Blues, Indiana's Bean Blossom Blues Festival, The Birmingham Jam, The Cape Fear Blues Festival, The Charleston Blues Bash, Asheville NC's Bele Chere Festival, the 3 Rivers Music Festival in Columbia, SC, and on Memphis' Beale Street at the Crossroads Music Festival.
The Untouchables traveled to Ireland, opening for music legend Van Morrison at the Monaghan Rhythm & Blues Festival and performed at the Blackstairs Blues Festival in Enniscorthy. Other international appearances include the Tremblant International Blues Festival in Quebec, Canada.
The band has released five CD's on BluePoint Records. Their last release, "Voodoo Stew" has been nominated as Best Self-Produced CD in the International Blues Challenge. The CD showcases 12 original tunes, covering a variety of blues styles from swingin' jump tunes to gritty juke joint numbers. Previous releases, "Smokin' the Blues", "Both Ends Burnin'", "Danger Zone", and "Last Meal" have been top sellers for the BluePoint label.
Here's what folks are saying about Elliott & The Untouchables and their "Voodoo Stew" CD...
"These guys are a definite must see. Five bottles
of your finest, bartender, for an excellent release
that definitely got my blood pumpin'."
-Real Blues Magazine
"A brilliant collection of all-original material that
showcases the Untouchables in a variety of blues
styles, branching out from swingin’ jump tunes to
include some Mississippi swamp blues... and beyond."
"Elliott New is a fine songwriter, bringing forth
clever originals. And Mike "Naz" Nazarenko is a
Goliath on harp!"
-All Music Guide
"A vibrant collection of all originals showcasing this
dynamic combo laying down everything from drum-heavy
jumpers and blues-rockers to the swamp and funk
infested Mississippi blues. The stunning set-closing
title track also benefits mightly from New’s primal
blues genius. Kudos to Elliott and The Untouchables.
This is a tough one to top!"
-Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine
"So much energy and passion! A great album!"
-Radio Voce Spazio (Italy)
"The crowd couldn't get enough of the Untouchables
at the Tremblant Blues Festival in Quebec. Elliott
really impressed us by playing in the middle of the
crowd with his cigar box guitar using a shoe, a glass,
a plastic bottle, and the 'buns' of a very surprised
woman. WHAT A NIGHT!"
-Passsion Blues (Canada)
"While Mike 'Naz' Nazarenko may not be exactly a
household name on his fine blues and chromatic
playing, he ought to be."
-American Harmonica Newsletter
"Best Blues Band Southern U.S."
-Real Blues Awards, Real Blues Magazine