Robert Ellis


Robert Ellis is an acclaimed singer-songwriter who is set to release his anticipated fourth album this Friday.   The eponymous record has been met with critical accolades, receiving an 8 out of 10 star review in Uncut Magazine as well as praise from Vice/Noisey, Paste, American Songwriter and more.  NPR called the album "Brilliant," stating "Musically varied, impeccably structured, Robert Ellis recalls the 'confessional' songwriters who set the bar in the 1970s, as well as recent Americana landmarks like Jason Isbell's Southeastern.  There are traces of Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon on this cohesive work, and the laconic insight that James Taylor offers at his best."   He kicks off his tour in support of the record in his hometown of Houston, TX tomorrow and this is Robert's Fidelity High: Joni Mitchell // Hejira // Asylum Records // 1976.  Robert says, "'I was driving across the burning desert, When I spotted six jet planes, Leaving six white vapor trails, Across the bleak terrain, It was the hexagram of the heavens, It was the strings of my guitar, Amelia, it was just a false alarm.'  This is probably my favorite record of all time.  It is its own universe.  It's in a sonic and harmonic language that sounds like nothing I've heard.  I dream about it.  Oh and guess who plays bass on 'Coyote,' 'Hejira,' 'Black Crow,' and 'Refuge of the Roads?'  I want to sing to Joni the way she sings to Amelia.  She is the patron saint of expression.  Thank you so much for this record, Joni."