Where the Gators Growl
Bio: Jaguar Elijah Newton Born: Florida Jaguar Elijah Newton loved music as a small boy. He would sing and listen to the radio while living in Alabama and later in Georgia on his family's farm. Some of the inspirations for many songs came from those childhood memories. A Hundred Pounds of Cotton, was about his family picking cotton on the farm. O'l River was looking back to his days camping on the Swannee River. Alabama Down was written while he was living in New York and was homesick for his home town. He taught himself to play the guitar while in High School. He and his friends would imitate Elvis, Marty Robins, Roy Orbison and various bands. Elijah and his first band Sweet Wine, played in the local clubs in North Florida. They did cover songs but became most well known for the original songs they would perform weekly. At the peak of their success they could play 4 hours and never repeat the same song. They had a large following that packed the clubs each time they played. He was a local celebrity and had his single played by the local radio stations and was included in the juke boxes next to his favorites Credence Clearwater Revival, Beatles, Elvis, and other major artist. Due to a tragic auto accident the band had to be disbanded. Elijah could not sing or talk for two years. He never lost his love of music and continued to write and play guitar. Once he recovered he would perform at various places from New York, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. Many of the places he played he would listen to stories and legends and write songs about them. I saw her dancing, was written while at the Bell Witch Opry house in Adams Tennessee. Daddy was a Dodge, was about a girl he met in Florida who got a present of a Dodge car from her daddy (she named the car daddy). Other inspirations came from listening to peoples stories, Old forgotten song, came from listening to the story of a family friend who came to the US from Cuba. Man in black is gone, is about the loss of Johnny Cash a friend and colleague of Garland Craft our engineer and keyboard player. Jaguar Elijah Newton believes each of us has our own story and as a writer he tries to put the essence of the experience in each of his songs. The stories are universal where people can relate and enjoy the feelings that come through in his song writing. Enjoy the music.