When: 7.30pm on Friday 18 November 2016
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE
We’re delighted to be working with Robert Ellis for the first time!
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-centre 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.
Tour support comes from Jenny O. California songwriter Jenny O began recording on her father’s reel-to-reel tape machine as a teenager. Her debut album, Automechanic, was produced by Jonathan Wilson (known for his solo work and albums by Father John Misty.) Jenny also has two self-produced EPs: HOME and, most recently, WORK, featuring the single, Cheer Up Free Your Mind. Her songs have been licensed frequently for American television and film. Jenny O has toured with Rodriguez, Father John Misty, Ben Harper, Leon Russell, Rodrigo Amarante and The Proclaimers.
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