New Song + Tour Dates : Robert Ellis : What’s In It For Me?

Robert Ellis is a 22 year-old with far too much talent under his skinny lil’ belt. On July 5th, the Houston-based singer-songwriter will release Photographs (get it from New West Records), and believe me you, it’s a cracker of a debut.

The record harks back to the days of classic country, and Ellis has even gone as far as sequence the album with two distinct sides: side A drawing from the traditions of dark folk, and side B, a fuller, vintage Nashville sound. As modern artists go, Photographs compares favorably to Justin Townes Earle’s Midnight At The Movies, but much like in the music of Earle the younger, you can feel the influential pull of some of country’s most celebrated artists, including Willie Nelson, Lefty Frizzell and Faron Young. Lead single What’s In It For Me? specifically invokes some of those legendary Ray Price platters of the mid to late 50s.

Photographs is a must have for fans of vintage country, and be sure to catch Ellis on the road this summer with the always delightful Old 97’s.

MP3 : Robert Ellis – What’s In It For Me?

Robert Ellis on Tour
June 27 Portland, OR @ McMenamins Crystal Hotel, 7pm
June 28 Portland, OR @ McMenamins Crystal Hotel, 7pm
June 29 Portland, OR @ McMenamins Crystal Hotel, 7pm
June 30 Portland, OR @ McMenamins Crystal Hotel, 7pm
July 1 Portland, OR @McMenamins Crystal Hotel, 7pm
July 2 Portland, OR @ McMenamins Crystal Hotel, 7pm
July 5 Austin, TX @ Cactus Cafe – record release show
July 6 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s – record release show
July 8 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge** (Those Darlins)
July 9 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge** (Those Darlins)
July 11 Baltimore, MD @ Ramshead Live**
July 12 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony**
July 13 Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House**
July 14 Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House**
July 15 WellFleet, MA @ The Beachcomber**
July 18 Chicago, IL @Lincoln Hall**
July 19 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall**
July 20 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue**
July 21 Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads**
July 22 Oklahoma City, OK ACM @ UCO**
**supporting the Old 97’s

  • Zach

    June 27, 2011 [ 5:18 pm ]

    Correction: The July 6th show is in Houston, not Austin. Homecoming!

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