They say that Tinsley Ellis has travelled a million miles. Whether literally true or not, there’s no doubt the bluesman has performed in all 50 states, and across Canada, Europe, South America and Australia, while releasing no fewer than 19 albums. He’s played with Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, James Cotton and The Allman Brothers. Derek Trucks had his first recording gig playing on a Tinsley Ellis album. Jonny Lang, among others, has covered his songs. Winner of the 2015 Album of the Year Award from Blues Blast Magazine, critics are among Ellis’ biggest fans. The Los Angeles Times has praised “his dazzling musicianship, pitched somewhere between the exhilarating volatility of rock and roll and the melancholic passion of urban blues,” while Rolling Stone exclaims, “his eloquence dazzles, with pyrotechnics that rival Beck and Clapton.” His latest album, Red Clay Soul, pays tribute to the musical legacy of his Georgia roots; it may be his best release yet. And Tinsley Ellis continues to not only release compelling music, but to bring it. Night after night, at one venue after another across the globe, he shares his blues-steeped legacy, fine songwriting, and deep pride in being a Georgia-based, red clay artist.
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