TAWNY ELLIS with Waits & Co. August 26th
On Tuesday August 26th at Dollhouse Productions, Savannah-born singer-songwriter Tawny Ellis will play an early evening, intimate acoustic show along with Savannah’s Waits & Co. as openers.
Tawny Ellis has long used music to glimpse a sense of connection with others, and to “unlock and alleviate the many mysteries of life.” Now, with a sweetly sublime voice that’s limitless in its capturing of feeling, Ellis taps into her uncommon intuition as a vocalist to craft songs near-magical in their power to enchant and uplift her listeners. Mining influences as varied as Patsy Cline, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, and Willie Nelson, the Los Angeles-based songstress channels that dynamic into an intricately textured blend of folk, rock, and alt-country that’s intense and masterful but irresistibly intimate.
On her latest EP, Ellis partnered with lap-steel guitarist Cisco DeLuna and her husband/longtime collaborator Gio Loria to create a collection of songs that set lush melodies and lyrical storytelling to stark yet ethereal arrangements. The stunning four-song offering arrives on the heels of 2011’s “I To You”, a full-length release deemed a “deep, texturally rich, mostly acoustic affair” by Guitar World in a review that also praised Ellis for possessing “the sort of voice one could make a meal of, in the vein of Neko Case or Ray LaMontagne.” “I To You” marked a graceful progression into indie-folk after Ellis’s immersing herself in alt-country on 2008’s “Evolve Or Die”, an album that Bedlam magazine hailed as a “a playful, soulful and rich exploration of country” (adding that “Ellis has knife-edged, crystal-clear, pitch-perfect voice that can quiver and twang, soar to delicate heights and swoop to a rich, guttural fullness”).
A breakthrough album for Ellis, “Evolve Or Die” found the Savannah, Georgia-born singer embracing her roots and drawing inspiration from Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, and the many other boundary-pushing country artists she grew up on. Because her father was in the Air Force, Ellis had a highly nomadic childhood that included stints in locales as disparate as Louisiana and the Philippines. After spending her teen years in Utah (where she split her time between singing in rock & roll bands and horseback-riding on her family’s farm), Ellis moved to L.A. at age 20 to launch her music career. But while Ellis ended up landing an eight-album deal with a major record company, she eventually left the label to make music more in line with her own songwriting vision, then independently released her debut album “Shelter “ in 2006.
For more and to listen, go to www.tawnyellis.com
Waits & Co. is an Alt-Country/Americana band from Savannah, Georgia rooted in the southern experience. Jon Waits (singer/songwriter), Markus Kuhlmann (multi-instrumentalist), and Coy Campbell (upright bass) are the primary players with many other notable local pickers & players regularly sitting in. They pull their sound from the overgrown cemeteries in the middle of picked through cotton fields, to the salt marsh mornings of the Lowcountry.
Who: Tawny Ellis/Waits & Co.
When: Tuesday August 26th Doors @ 7:00 pm:
Where: Dollhouse Productions, 980 Industry Drive, Savannah GA 31415/ www.dhouseproductions.com
Tickets: Tickets are $7 adv/$10 at the door. VIP/Reserved tables also available: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tawny-ellis-august-26th-7pm-with-waits-co-tickets-11920220701
(21 and older only)