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Who is Robert Ellis? At first glance, he's simply a smiling, longhaired, twenty-two year old in a hand-stitched western shirt and Dwight Yoakam-tight blue jeans. But there's more to this youthful Houston, Texas native than meets the eye.
The New York Times recently proclaimed that Ellis sounds "equally inspired by Jackson Browne and George Jones." Not a bad reference point for an artist his age. Ellis cut his teeth performing the songs of similar luminaries around town, most notably at the
neighborhood beacon, Fitzgerald's. His "Whiskey Wednesdays" at that club are regularly
packed with punkish newcomers and graying locals sharing a mutual interest in artists
ranging from Ray Price to Buck Owens to George Jones.
Ellis has songwriting ability equal to his encyclopedic knowledge of these greats and it shines on his upcoming New West Records debut, Photographs, due this July. The young songwriter's second release is an impressive and diverse concept album split between five breathtaking folk songs and five soon-to-be country standards. Listening to Photographs, one finds it difficult to pigeonhole Robert Ellis. It's even harder to remember that he s barely just begun. So, rather than have us try to crack the code of this talented young troubadour, we figured we'd let Ellis tell you about himself.
He has a very unique voice, and style. Saw him live at Fitzgeralds on New Years Eve. Really enjoyed it. Love his songs!Published on January 10, 2013 by Nara
Do you ever listen to music that just moves you to tears because it is so lovely? This is one of those albums. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by Jessie
The DVD seemed fine until the opening song/credits played, but as soon as the dialog began, it sounded like a voicemail recording. Read morePublished on April 7, 2012 by Melinda
I was fortunate this summer to get to hear Robert Ellis twice. In between the two shows, I was able to pick up a copy of his album. Read morePublished on August 30, 2011 by John L. Garth