The daughter of successful songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza is a third generation musician who grew up in Los Angeles knowing that her life would revolve around music. As a teenager, she recorded demos for her father, an accomplished songwriter whose credits include such standards as "Greenfields," "Marianne" and "The Bare Necessities" (from the Disney film Jungle Book).
At the end of the sixties, she moved to New Mexico, eventually raising a family, all the while developing a loyal fan base in the Southwest and Texas. After starting her own record label, Realiza Records, she put out Misfits in 1999, a collection of outtakes that received favorable press as a sound that connected the worlds of folk and modern storytelling. In 2000, Eliza released her first album on the Red House Records label, the critically acclaimed Hard Times in Babylon, followed in 2004 by Land of Milk and Honey, an album that was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Contemporary Folk Album, and Paradise Hotel in 2005. Eliza produced her first live CD in 2007, Your Town Tonight, where she pays homage to her father with covers of "Greenfields" and "The Bare Necessities." In February of 2003, Gilkyson was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame.
Jim Blum, Nina Gerber, Tootsie and Eliza Gilkyson
Jim, Nina, Tootsie & Eliza - take 2
Nina Gerber & Eliza Gilkyson
Nina & Eliza
Jim Blum, Nina Gerber, Tootsie & Eliza Gilkyson