Association names Elloyan Songwriter of Year |

Association names Elloyan Songwriter of Year

Nevada Appeal staff report

The International Western Music Association, which promotes and preserves western music in its traditional, historical and contemporary forms, has named Richard Elloyan Songwriter of the Year. Elloyan, a native Nevadan, has been writing, singing and performing western music and cowboy poetry for more than 20 years.

Rick Huff of Best of the West Music Reviews and the International Western Music Association stated, “Elloyan’s releases always have some worthy messages and his current release (Up for Adoption) is no exception.”

Elloyan received this award for his body of work, which includes his latest album, “Up for Adoption,” which Elloyan recorded with Steve Wade, along with eight more western music albums and several poems. Elloyan has written and recorded more than 100 songs since his first album was released in 1997.

“I am stunned to receive this award and want to thank my longtime playing partner, Steve Wade, who teaches me my own songs, my producer Eric Uglum, and longtime friend and and producer, may God rest his soul, Steven Swinford … thank you to the IWMA for this honor.”