Photo by Jana Hunter.

Photo by Jana Hunter.


Eli Winter (1997) is a guitarist and songwriter based in Chicago. His music is twofold: on the one hand, he writes masterfully composed solo guitar music, moving between 6-string, 12-string and lap guitars in open tunings to make music that’s mature, cathartic and deeply soothing. On the other, he writes concise, direct guitar pop songs with moving harmonies, rich melodies and literate lyrics. His first guitar record, The Time To Come, was released on Blue Hole Recordings in 2019. Winter began recording sessions in Houston immediately after Hurricane Harvey, and the album’s turbulent emotional landscape is in some ways a response to the devastation of the storm.

Eli has performed composed and improvised music with Daniel Bachman, Tyler Damon, Jaime Fennelly, Ara Hanissian, Cameron Knowler, Matthew J. Rolin and Sam Wagster. He’s presented music at Constellation, Rhizome, Trans-Pecos, the Empty Bottle, Starlight Theater and Logan Center for the Arts, among others. He’s toured the East Coast, Midwest, Texas and California, and maintains a regular performance schedule in Chicago.

“Eli Winter’s The Time To Come is a remarkably assured debut….Every moment is earned, every note rings out with warmth and wonder. Beautiful stuff.” — Tyler Wilcox, Aquarium Drunkard

“Rich and inviting, The Time To Come is especially impressive for coming so early in the songwriter’s career. The future is bright for Eli Winter, and we’re lucky to be able to witness it.” — Luca Cimarusti, Chicago Reader

“a talent far beyond his years and a guitar player to watch” — Glenn Kimpton, Folk Radio UK