with Logan Brill
Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 7:00 PM CST
(6:00 PM Doors)
3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN
Ellis Paul is a critically-acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet, and troubadour originally hailing from a potato farming family in northern Maine. He is the recipient of thirteen Boston Music Awards, second only to multi-platinum act, Aerosmith. Over the course of fifteen years, Ellis Paul has built a vast catalog of music which weds striking poetic imagery and philosophical introspection with hook-laden melodies.
The Boston Globe hailed him as a "songwriter's songwriter," saying "no emerging songwriter in recent memory has been more highly touted and respected by songwriters." USA Today's national feature on Ellis was titled, "Best Bet For Stardom" which has come true after years of non-stop touring. He opened for such notable musicians as Bill Morrissey, Shawn Colvin, and John Gorka early on and quickly progressed to headlining concerts and festivals.
Ellis has averaged 150 shows a year and travels across America and Europe, playing everyplace from church basements to Carnegie Hall. The Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame invited Ellis to pay tribute to his hero Woody Guthrie, who has influenced and inspired Ellis in a profound way. Woody's daughter Nora requested that Ellis compose the music for the lyrics of Woody's song "God's Promise" which was released and has been covered by numerous artists.
Ellis' songs have appeared in the soundtracks for several movies, including "Me, Myself, & Irene" with Jim Carrey, and "Shallow Hal" with Jack Black. Movie director Peter Farrelly has praised Ellis' music as "a national treasure." Ellis' songs have also appeared on numerous television shows, including "Ed" and MTV's "The Real World."
"Ellis Paul is a master storyteller. He combines the sensibilities of Bob Dylan and Bill Morrissey and delivers it with a passion that sets him apart in the company of a new breed of songwriters."
-Performing Songwriter Magazine