Folk, rock, blues and country mark the main points of Dave Elder's musical compass, though you might also catch a few notes of gospel or classical along the way, and Dave puts them together in a very original way that sometimes shows the influence of singer/songwriters like Neil Young or the Grateful Dead, but in the end sounds much more like Dave than anyone else. And in a world of dime-a-dozen guitar players, Dave's guitar style also stands out as uniquely his own. Whether finger-picking or playing blues leads, Dave never stopped long enough to learn the standard patterns, so you're likely to hear in his playing something a bit different from what you've heard before. In fact, his standard-tuning approach to slide guitar, born out of the need to add variety to long solo sets without retuning, truly may have no equal -- Dave might be the only slide player using standard tuning. 'Elder Street' pulls a couple of tracks from each of Dave's previous cassette, CD and vinyl releases, and also from a couple of unfinished recording projects, along with a pair of new songs -- 'Chainy Snake' and 'Don't Misunderestimate Me' -- for a 'Best of' collection that is, as everyone who has heard it agrees, truly the best-sounding recording of Dave's career.