Robert Ellis reveals European tourdates this November/December22-08-2016
With its contemplative storytelling and meandering, Paul Simon-meets-George Jones melodies, Robert Ellis’ breakthrough 2014 record "The Lights From The Chemical Plant" positioned the Houston-bred singer at the very forefront of Americana’s vanguard. Two years later, Robert Ellis, at just 27 years-old, is back with his self-titled fourth album, his finest work to date.
Most impressive are the leaps and risks Ellis, who self-produced the record, takes as he expands the typical country-folk palette with elaborate arrangements featuring MIDI keyboards, string sections, ambient noise, and synths. Aided by jazz-influenced guitarist Kelly Doyle, Ellis’ musical vision for country music in 2016 is just as boldly left-of-center as fellow new traditionalist Sturgill Simpson’s.
Robert Ellis’ self-titled album is the sound of a young songwriter solidifying his blend of East Nashville country with whatever sounds, styles, and sentiments that suit his interests. Or, as he puts it: “How can you call it art when you’re sticking to a dotted line?”
With this new album he crosses the Atlantic in September for an exclusive performance at Take Root, followed by a more extensive tour in November and December. Happy to reveal the first dates today!
10-SEP: Groningen (NL) @ Take Root
15-NOV: Brighton (UK) @ The Prince Albert
16-NOV: Winchester (UK) @ The Railway Inn
17-NOV: Plymouth (UK) @ The B-Bar
18-NOV :Manchester (UK) @ The Castle Hotel
19-NOV: Leeds (UK) @ High & Lonesome Festival
20-NOV: London (UK) @ O2 Academy Islington
22-NOV: Leiden (NL) @ Q-Bus
23-NOV: Rotterdam (NL) @ Rotown
24-NOV: Oostende (BE) @ De Zwerver
26-NOV: Amsterdam (NL) @ Het Zonnehuis (presented by Paradiso)
27-NOV: Utrecht (NL) @ EKKO
03-DEC: Crailsheim (DE) @ 7180 Bar
06-DEC: Malmö (SWE) @ Folk å Rock
08-DEC: Stockholm (SWE) @ Bryggarsalen
09-DEC: Oslo (NO) @ John Dee