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Sleeping Bag Studios Love + Death Review


I’ll always admire artists with the significant amount of heart, passion, and creativity that someone like Elkins possesses…she’s in this for the pure love of the game…at the end of the day, that’s always what the core of music should be about. She sings & sways through the edgy & empowered melody & words of “Only Your Love Will Do.” I dig the throwback vibes on “I Don’t Understand” and the sixties-influenced sound it’s got. Dig the tone of the guitars, love the backing vocals when they show up…I also dig that extra bit of rock’n’roll attitude & sneer in her voice as she sings this tune, there’s great attitude in the way she chooses to approach this tune, and the music surrounding her definitely calls for it. Definitely an old-school & throwback vibe at work here on “I Don’t Understand,” but an effective one that seems to authentically suit the wild & free spirit that Tabitha Elkins most assuredly is in her music.


While it might ultimately be a tale of unrequited love, it’s also a noteworthy amount of fun – Tabitha puts in a really inspired performance throughout this whole song. She might be wild’n’out in the final third of “I Wish You Were Mine” a little bit, but for the most part, there’s a beautiful passion on display in this song that would soften the hardest of hearts. “Chessmen”...(is) definitely one of my favorites from Love + Death with its College-Rock/Indie sound & style.  Good combination of piano & guitar as Tabitha dips into another Blues-inspired tune with “Over You”:  a song that manages to display a range of emotions, thoughts, and feelings as Elkins seems to live this one out in real-time. “Only For A Day” – I think she nails this one really well. Somewhere in between an R.E.M. like quaintness to the melody and the distance you’d find in something like Mazzy Star, you’ll find Tabitha delivering on the best of what you’d imagine fits in between those comparisons. “Walls In Our Hearts” has hooks that will stick with you, one way or the other…

Love + Death continues to spread awareness and a message through the lullaby-esque sway & sound of “Prayer For Our Planet.” 

I love the realistic, grounded, and down to earth point of view that comes along with such a floaty/dreamy vibe…very clever contrast in the beginning of “Prayer For Our Planet”.


By the time you get to “Bring On The Night” and the dark & deadly vibes that haunt the guitars, vocals, and atmosphere of this track on Love + Death, we have certainly experienced quite a range of styles & sounds from Elkins once again, haven’t we?  Expression reigns supreme on “Bring On The Night” – she puts in a fully dramatic, emotionally powerful, and unique melody into the microphone & music on this song…

I always admire when an artist will raise their voice at the right time and use their platform for the greater good – and you get a lot of that through Tabitha’s music, especially on tracks like “Walls In Our Hearts,” “Prayer For Our Planet,” and later on with “Final War” as well. Listen to what she’s wishing for this Christmas in the worlds of “Final War” – and recognize, that’s probably the exact same thing on your wish list, mine, and everyone else out there as well…it’s essentially a request for the peace we all deserve. An end to wars…an end to killing ourselves and the planet we live on…the end of international and internal conflicts…and end to the BS that prevents all of us from fully enjoying our daily lives on this planet – these are all kinds of things pondered over throughout “Final War” as Tabitha sings it. I felt like she gives a great performance on “Where The Cold Winds Blow” and gets a haunting vibe flowing throughout the Blues/Soul/Gospel-tinged sound of this second-to-last cut on Love + Death. “Blow, North Wind, Blow” finishes the sixteen-song experience on vibrant sound and melody that contains great rhythm & groove, with another solid performance from Tabitha to end Love + Death on a confident & cool final tune. She really does end this on a series of strong tones and spectacularly soulful notes, so give her the credit she deserves for bringing this one home good’n’proper!

Love + Death


The epic 16-Song concept album about love, loss, death and hope, featuring "Only Your Love Will Do", "Walls in Our Hearts", "Final War" and "Blow, North Wind, Blow", featuring blazing guitar solos, Motown- inspired backup vocals, slide guitar and strings.


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Upside Down World


The energetic, spirited 10-song CD with classics such as "Bitter Blues", "Captain Kirk", "Pool of Tears". From the folk-rock inspired "Upside Down World" to the hard rock "Candyland" or trippy "Daisy Chain", Tabitha dips into a variety of moods and influences.


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Sleeping Bag Studios Upside Down World Review


Interesting stuff from Tabitha here…she’s got an album that kind of plays like an open-book journal.


Upside Down World is a great title for a record like this that shifts all over the place and distorts the reality you know. 

The recording itself is a complete trip…I’ll fully admit those guitars sound like they were recorded onto a tape, left out in the sun to cook, stretch and bend and then re-inserted into the groove…the result is a purely psychedelic-slice of the blues.

The production plays a large part in making this entire album a sonic-trip to listen to and “Bitter Blues” comes out as clear as evidence gets.

“Candyland” has a bit of that same filter or bizarre production to it – but the ideas come through even stronger and Tabitha really goes for some big notes on this tune. Good guitars, great bass, solid elements that fill in the music with effects & what-not…

“Daisy Chain” was kind of like a super-rad interlude…with its guitar-riffs coming out in stuttered-shots…reminded me of The Breeders “R.O.I.” in a way, even though the overall sound is entirely different. “Daisy Chain” is about as much of a trip as you can pack into a less-than two-minute song…it might just be me on this one, but I really liked this track!


I think she’s written a seriously powerful folk-tune with “Upside Down World” with bold words, great imagery, sentiment – and I really think this song explains the thoughts & feelings that Tabitha wants to express sincerely – and she does.

“Edge Of Nowhere” bends and slides around its rhythm and groove through the music and Elkins slips and slides right into this one hitting her part with confidence. Super-catchy and truly charismatic – “Edge Of Nowhere” was definitely a cut that worked for me…you can hear Tabitha control the madness around her like she’s conducting an orchestra. The electro atmosphere and the ending of “Captain Kirk” really worked well…solid writing of the last thirty-seconds or so to really take this track home. “Captain Kirk” is a pretty damn entertaining tune.


The real gem and jewel of this record though…is one of the most innocent, sweet and unsuspecting songs I’ve heard this year from the independent scene – “I’ve Got Your Name” is about as gorgeous as a melody and performance can get.

The music on this song is absolutely stunning…it’s like you can reach right back into the ballrooms of music’s past and catch a glimpse of the essence that began to create the sweetness and foundations of indie-pop. Innovative, sparkling and a truly beautiful moment in time – Tabitha stopped the entire world around me for three & a half-minutes with “I’ve Got Your Name,” I couldn’t get enough of it.

She’s referenced faith in many different songs throughout this record and ends on that note with “Blues For Jesus” – another highlight performance for her vocals, I think she finished this strongly. The melody is comforting and inviting…Tabitha’s got a great swaying-blues style on this last track and you can always hear the connection from her voice to the music, which I truly respect in songwriting.


Tabitha Elkins Live

Tabitha Elkins kämpft für Umwelt und Artenvielfalt, für Schwache und Arme, ist kritisch, engagiert. Das drückt sich auch in ihrer Arbeit als Musikerin und Komponistin aus. Gerade hat Elkins ihre vierte, selbst produzierte CD herausgebracht.


Geboren ist Tabitha Elkins 1967 in Trenton/New Jersey in eine musikbesessene Familie hinein, wie sie sagt. Der Vater war Lehrer, später Sanitäter bei der US-Army, Pastor und Beamter. Die Mutter, eine Bibliothekarin, stammt aus Mannheim. Tabitha Elkins ist ausgebildete Musikerin und Musikpädagogin, leitet heute ihre eigene Musikschule im rheinhessischen Alsheim. „Ich wollte aufs Land, einen eigenen Garten haben, ein eigenes Tonstudio.“ Der Weg dahin war nicht einfach. Ihr Studium finanzierte sie selbst über unterschiedliche Jobs. 2003 kehrte die Deutsch-Amerikanerin der Politik George W. Bushs und den USA den Rücken, begann nochmals ein Studium und arbeitete pädagogisch.



Gegen Rechtspopulisten, für Umweltschutz


„Musik ist ein Geschenk Gottes“, sagt sie. Aber sie weiß auch: „Talent ohne Arbeit geht nicht.“ Vom Blues über Indiepop bis zu Jazz und Rock ist sie stilistisch breit aufgestellt. „Ich will alle Emotionen ausdrücken, träumerisch sein, energisch, aber auch sarkastisch.“ Als Singer-Songwriterin beschäftigt sich Elkins mit den universellen Themen Liebe, Tod, Hoffnung, Beziehungen.

Dass Rechtspopulisten Krisenzeiten missbrauchen, um Einfluss und Macht zu gewinnen, dass die Menschheit ihr kostbarstes Gut, die Erde, missbraucht, ausbeutet, verschmutzt, dagegen will sie angehen. 2018 trat Tabitha Elkins als unabhängige Direktkandidatin der Bürgerkomitee-Bewegung zur Bundestagswahl an. Heute ist sie stellvertretende Sprecherin der RLP LAG Frieden, die in und für die Verbandsgemeinde Eich (Landkreis Alzey- Worms) aktiv ist.



Anti-Kriegs-Lied


Ihre Lieder spiegeln ihre politische Haltung wieder. „Prayer for Our Planet“ etwa wurde inspiriert von den Fridays-for-Future-Demos. Das Antikriegslied „Final War“ widmet sie allen Soldaten. Der Song sei ihr nach einer Dokumentation äber den Ersten Weltkrieg mühelos aus der Feder geflossen. Sie höre dann beides, Text und Musik im Kopf und müsse das Stück nur noch arrangieren.


CD im eigenen Studio produziert


Gerade hat sie ihre vierte CD herausgebracht „Love and Death“. „Die Liebe ist etwas unsterbliches, sie überwindet den Tod“, erklärt Tabitha Elkins. Produziert hat sie die CD unter ihrem eigenen Label Blues Katze Records. „Ich finde es besser, die Auswahl der Songs, die Grafik, alles selbst steuern zu können.“ Einige der Instrumente hat sie eingespielt. Gitarre, Bass, Keyboards, Drums und Ukulele beherrscht sie. Ob ihr nach so vielen Jahren im Musikgeschäft nicht die Ideen ausgehen? „Nein, im Gegenteil“, sagt sie. „Es wird immer leichter, die Ideen auszureifen und zu polieren.“


-Christina Eichhorn



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Love and Death Review


Fazit 9 von 10: Bei Tabitha Elkins’ drittem Studioalbum Love And Death gibt es fast gar nichts auszusetzen, im Gegenteil! Die deutsch-amerikanische Sängerin, die sich auch politisch engagiert, schafft es ihrer Musik Seele zu geben und kreiert anspruchsvolle Songs, mit denen sich so ziemlich jeder Mensch identifizieren kann. Wer auf guten, handgemachten, ehrlichen Indie steht, der Einflüsse aus anderen Genres mit sich bringt und somit am Ende durch sein anspruchsvolles Konzept glänzt, der sollte nicht zögern und sich dieses Album in Ruhe anhören.

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LATEST NEWS


Feb 2, 2019

"Only Your Love Will Do" Single is released!


Jan 18, 2019

Finishing touches, including mixdowns, put on CD, as Tabitha premieres the new tracks at a house party.

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