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Catch Robert Ellis and Ian O’Neil Tonight at Mercury Lounge

February 18th, 2014

Gifted singer-songwriter Robert Ellis is known for his take on folk and country music. In fact his last album, Photographs (stream it below), was an even mix—five each—of the two. American Songwriter made comparisons to Townes Van Zandt and Kris Kristofferson and saying, “His plainspoken lyricism is matched by a penchant for elegantly rustic melodies.” Since then, Ellis (above, doing “Bottle of Wine” for American Songwriter) has been busy on the road, touring with the likes of Deer Tick and Old Crow Medicine Show. But he’s still found time to record new music, and he just recently released another full-length, The Lights from the Chemical Plant (stream below), which isn’t so squarely focused on folk and country. And again American Songwriter weight in: “If Robert Ellis solidified himself on Photographs as a champion of classic troubadour-y country, he’s letting us know with The Lights from the Chemical Plant that we sold him short…. Ellis shows he’s got a lot more tricks up his sleeve.” See him tonight at Mercury Lounge. Deer Tick’s Ian O’Neil opens the show.