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Album Review

Blues rocker Tinsley Ellis knows where his bread is buttered and bakes up a loaf of it on his first album of original material since 2004's The Hard Way. Best known for fiery shows as evidenced by 2006's terrific Live! Highwayman, Ellis' explosive combination of R&B, blues and rock clicks on this rugged set. He roars through the riff-driven "Somebody" and the double entendres of "Bringin' Home the Bacon" like the pro he is, whipping off muscular solos that never overstay their welcome. "Get to the Bottom" and "Too Much of Everything" tackle the unfortunate results of living life in the fast lane, something he likely knows plenty about after spending a few decades on tour. Ellis works in a Stones styled mid-tempo rocker on "Tell the Truth" (not the Derek & the Dominos song), a tightly written gem aided immensely by fellow Atlanta musician Michelle Malone on backing vocals. The guitarist obviously loves his wah-wah pedal, which brings a Cream-like psychedelic swamp edge to tracks such as "Too Much of Everything." The slow, sensual groove of "Freeway Soul" is yet another song about a broken relationship and being on the road, topics Ellis seems to understand first hand. Unlike many in his genre, these sturdy songs are more than just frameworks to hang his solos on. A rollicking version of Sam & Dave's "I Take What I Want," one of only two non-originals on the album, makes the soul connection even more palpable. The guitar work is typically terrific throughout as Ellis' tone shifts from fluid to frenzied depending on the track. The closing solo acoustic "Stare at the Sun" is the only unplugged performance and a tidy coda for another in a series of successful albums from this earthy and dedicated, roots rocking blues journeyman.

Customer Reviews

Solid Album From Start To Finish

I've been familiar with Tinsley Ellis for a while, but just recently really got into him. He can flat out kill his guitar, which is right out front in the mix and in your face. Solid song writing, gruff bluesy soul-filled vocals, and a great backing band. This ranks up there with my other personal favorites of his: Storm Warning and Hell or High Water. Get to the Bottom and Freeway Soul are standout tracks. It takes a hell of a lot for me to give out 5 stars, but this is a really good album.

He's better than ever!

He is definitely one of the most underrated blues guitarist of the last 25 yrs. I used to see him in the early 80"s when he was playing clubs in Atlanta and walking up and down the bar playing the guitar behind his back! He has done nothing but improve over the years. This cd is a little more "bluesy" than some of his others which tend to be more hard core blues, which he does so well. I recently saw him in Raleigh, NC with my daughter, who is now the age I was when I first saw him, and she was floored at his talent. He would go into guitar riffs that were mind boggling and you had to wonder how anyone could play so hard for so long. He is definitely at the top of his game. You owe it to yourself to check this guy out. He's got something for anyone who is in to blues guitar. I don't think you"ll be disappointed!

Moment of Truth

Great voice for the blues, "Tell The Truth" & "Freeway Soul" are top notch but "Sleep On It" is what the blues are all about. This is the guy I'd like to see in a smokey blues bar.


Born: June 4, 1957 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A hard-rocking, high-voltage blues guitarist most often compared to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tinsley Ellis is hardly one of the legions of imitators that comparison might imply. Schooled in a variety of Southern musical styles, Ellis draws not only from fiery Vaughan-style blues-rock, but also Texas bluesmen like Freddie King and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, the soulful blues of B.B. King, the funky grit of Memphis soul, and numerous other electric bluesmen. Ellis has been praised in many quarters for...
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