Elijah Wald was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1959.
Originally planning to make his living as a folk-blues guitarist, he went
off to Europe as a traveling minstrel at age 18, and spent most of the
next dozen years wandering around the world, fronting a blues band in
Sevilla, Spain, a swing trio in Antwerp, Belgium, and a rock band at the
Grand Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka, as well as studying with the Congolese
master Jean-Bosco Mwenda. He also toured the United States numerous times,
performing in low dives and honky-tonks, and has recorded two albums:
Songster, Fingerpicker, Shirtmaker and Street Corner Cowboys.