Eli West has been just been confirmed as support for Mandolin Orange at The Top Hat on April 6, 2017. Eli is a Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist. With an interest in angular phrasing and non-traditional improvisation within the historic precedents of bluegrass and old-time music, his guitar playing has been called both unique and strong.
Eli released a solo record in 2016 called The Both, including duets with Bill Frisell, Dori Freeman and John Reischman, and three records as half of the new/old-time duo Cahalen Morrison & Eli West. He also collaborates regularly with Ben Winship, Joe Walsh, and Norwegian fiddler Olav Mjelva, among others.