On Friday January 21, 2022, world famous guitarist, singer and songwriter Tinsley Ellis will release his new album Alligator, the propulsive, introspective, raw and cathartic The devil can care. The album, Ellis’ 20th, will be available on CD and red vinyl LP, along with all major streaming and download services. On the same day, Ellis will kick off his North American coast-to-coast tour from his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.
The devil can care features ten of Ellis’ most dynamic original compositions, blending muscular rock ‘n’ roll and harsh blues into its own instantly recognizable sound. Emotionally charged guitar solos soar in the service of the songs, as if Ellis lived and breathed the sound rather than just playing the notes. “The goal,” says Ellis, “was to make the guitar sing. “
Relix says Ellis’ music contains “a powerful guitar that tingles the spine and a gritty, soulful voice … an inspired and passionate fusion of blues and southern rock.” Guitar World says, “Ellis playing shines with depth and subtlety. Whether playing deep, slow blues or uptempo rockers, Ellis rides a beautifully fat and pure sound.”
As the global pandemic and the shutdown that followed deeply affected every musician (and every person), Ellis used his spare time to write over 200 new songs. In March 2020, Ellis was forced to cancel the tour promoting his previous outing, Ice Cream In Hell, just six weeks after the start of the 60 dates. He almost immediately began composing on amps and guitars he hadn’t used for decades. He explored obscure studio and live recordings of some of his greatest musical heroes, such as the Allman Brothers, Freddie King, Michael Bloomfield, BB King and beyond, and once again drew inspiration from his artists. favorite. Somehow, in the most unlikely of moments, Tinsley Ellis is committed to developing his already formidable talent.
As early as April 2020, he began regularly posting his new material online, keeping his fans engaged and absorbing their comments and responses. He knew, thanks to the reactions of his fans to his new songs, that he needed to make a record and get back on the road as soon as possible. Ellis narrowed the list from 200 songs to ten, enlisted his friend and co-producer, keyboard master Kevin McKendree, and headed to Franklin, the famous Rock House recording studio in Tennessee. The result is that Devil May Care, according to Ellis, “is as much for the fans as it is for me.”
Tinsley Ellis has been immersed in music his entire life. Born in Atlanta in 1957 and raised in South Florida, he acquired his first guitar at the age of seven, inspired by seeing the Beatles play on the Ed Sullivan Show. He immediately took to the guitar, developing and honing his skills as he grew older. Like many children his age, Ellis discovered the blues through the back door of invading British bands like The Yardbirds, The Animals, Cream and The Rolling Stones as well as southern rockers like the Allman Brothers. One night in 1972, he and a friend were listening to Al Kooper and Michael Bloomfield’s Super Session record when his friend’s older brother told them that if they liked Super Session they should go see BB King, who was in town. that week. Tinsley saw this show from the front row. As fate willed, King broke a guitar string while playing, and after changing it without missing a beat, he handed the broken string to young Tinsley. And yes, he still has that string.
Today, Ellis is one of the world’s most famous blues-rock performers and one of the genre’s most original and prolific songwriters. Blues Music Magazine says he plays “a perfect, perfectly southern blues-rock”. Vintage Guitar says, “It delivers blistering blues-rock, soulful lovemaking, minor blues and shuffles – and it all sounds great.” Ellis has toured the world nonstop for 35 years. It has captivated and amazed fans in all 50 United States, as well as in Canada, all over Europe, Australia and South America. He has gained a massive and fervent fan base that never seems to get enough of Ellis and his music. Fueled by his flamboyant guitar work, every note counts and his gruff, fiery voice, Ellis delivers one imaginative and memorable song after another. Now, with Devil May Care and a new tour booked, Ellis is more than ready to make up for lost time.
According to Allmusic.com, “Ellis’ playing emphasizes the emotional depth of the lyrics. His meaty solos dig deep. With Devil May Care, Ellis proves it once again, with ten breathtaking and career-leading performances. As he continues to add new dates to his already busy touring schedule, Ellis will bring his high-energy southern blues-rock to fans across the country. “It went on for 18 long months,” he says, “and now people are ready to have some fun.”