We toured together for The Spinanes’ Strand in 1996

©Rebecca Gates

“We toured together for The Spinanes’ Strand in 1996. I would never really sit down and play, except for during soundcheck and shows, but when we showed up anywhere, Elliott would just start playing guitar, whether he was writing, or practicing, or just playing covers. It wasn’t like, “Here I am, check me out!” It was just to himself. He was someone who was always thinking about songwriting
We were a pretty silly crew on tour. One time I was sitting shotgun in the van with my head in a book, and I heard all this snickering behind me. I turned around and Elliott had taken electric tape and made an Abe Lincoln beard on his face. And every time I kept turning around, more people had this electric tape facial hair.”

Rebecca Gates