Ellis delivers polished performances of four tracks from his latest album, "The Lights From the Chemical Plant." The latest release is Ellis' third, following "The Great Rearranger" and "Photographs," the latter named one of the top 50 albums of 2012 by American Songwriter's Magazine.
There is little doubt that Ellis' latest release will continue his success as the tunes are deep-seated with an emotional honesty that is striking and impressive as demonstrated in these live performances that Ellis leads with raw vocals and fine electric guitar playing.
He begins with an intimate take of "Only Lies," undoubtedly one of the most lyrically and instrumentally powerful tracks on the album. The set also includes "Steady as the Rising Sun," where he demonstrates his masterful guitar skills and poetic songwriting, and gets the groove going with "Good Intentions."
The uniqueness of his subdued tone shines with the performance of "Bottle of Wine," a sweet tune that speaks of remorse and painful love. The combination of the country and folk roots of the song are bound to make anyone feel nostalgic for lost love, and they serve, too, as a fitting sum of Ellis' sweet sound.
All photos by Chris Bay