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Monday, January 12, 2015

Heartfixer Music artist: Tnisley Ellis - tough love - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, tough love, from Tinsley Ellis and he continues to write scorching riffs. Opening with Seven Years, a bluesy ballad, Ellis has a tone all his own with the soul of Robert Cray, the articulation of Mark Knopler and the the heat of SRV. Very cool. Midnight Ride has a romping blues feel with warm organ flow from Kevin McKendree, a driving bass line from Steve Mackey and tight percussion from Lynn Williams. A cool track with hot riffs, this one could catch the radio pretty easy. Give It Away is a quiet ballad featuring Ellis' vocal and acoustic slide techniques. Hard Work has more of a JJ Cale feel with an easy country blues drive. All In The Name Of Love has a really nice R&B feel with McKendree on electric keys. Another track with a particularly strong melody line also features Jim Hoke (sax) and Steve Herrman (trumpet) backing soulful guitar riffs. Should I Have Lied is one of my favorite tracks on the release with BB King like phrasing and a really tight guitar intro. This track sets up more nicely than any other on the release for a strong flexing of Ellis' more than killer guitar riffs. Leave Me has a rock beat but fluid bluesy overtones. A cool rhythm and nice organ work from McKendree opens the door for some real nice guitar riffs from Ellis. A tight number, another of my favorite tracks. The King Must Die definitely has a blues rock format but the underlying bass line on the melody by Mackey feels like Albert King. High tension lead guitar throughout makes this another of my fav's on the release. Everything has a standard 12 bar feel and Ellis whips out his harp for a little ride. Getting some really pretty nice tone from the harp and using the guitar as a secondary instrument isn't a bad thing here. Nice job! Wrapping the release is In From The Cold, a slow ballad with key strings and a lot of room for Ellis to ride the guitar light on the air in the style of David Gilmour. Excellent conclusion for this newest release from Ellis.  

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