Quakertown, PA, August 22, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Tinsley Ellis’ career had barely begun when in 1981 Washington Post declared, “Tinsley Ellis is a legitimate guitar hero.” In 1988, the Chicago Sun-Times raved, “It’s hard to overstate the raw power of his music.” Guitar World said, “Ellis stands alongside Stevie Ray Vaughan and Johnny Winter, and that ain’t just hype.” Tinsley Ellis has been a road warrior since emerging from Atlanta in the late 1970s, averaging over 150 live shows a year, playing in all 50 states, as well as Canada, Europe, Australia and South America. He will bring his “Album of the Year” nominated trio to a Parlor Concerts at McCoole’s Arts and Events Place show in Quakertown on Saturday, November 2, 2013.
“You can argue that nobody plays Southern Blues Rock better than Tinsley Ellis,” says Parlor Concerts’ co-founder Tom Malm. “You could argue that there’s not a better living guitar player.” Malm, who has known Tinsley professionally for over a decade, admits to a friendship that may contribute to his bias. But he adds that he has introduced his live shows to lots of people over the years and has never met anyone who wasn’t completely mesmerized by Ellis’ talent. “His imagination, the textures he uses, and his tasty approach to supporting a song always make his shows something special. I defy anyone with a soul to see what he does with a song like ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy’ and tell me there’s a better version anywhere.”
It’s a talent that attracts the most extraordinary contributors to his projects. Peter Buck (R.E.M.), guitarist Derek Trucks and keyboardist Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones) have joined him in the studio. Producers Eddy Offord (John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Yes) and the legendary Tom Dowd (The Allman Brothers, Ray Charles) helped Ellis hone his studio sound. He is a welcome guest on stages with major artists like Buddy Guy, The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule and Widespread Panic, and his recent tour “Blues At The Crossroads II: Muddy & The Wolf” put him in an Allstar line up with the Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson, James Cotton, Jody Williams and Bob Margolin. Malm says his connection to these great names is only one sign that a Tinsley Ellis show is worth paying attention to.
Once the Tinsley Ellis show in November was announced, the phone at Parlor Concerts started ringing, Malm says. In the early weeks of tickets sales, the majority were being bought up by people from Atlanta, New York, Virginia and even Montana. “We haven’t had any other concert with ticket sales like this.” Malm reports that the front rows are selling quickly and the entire box seat section is sold out.