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Robert Ellis Stealing From a Time Capsule

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Introductory perceptions can stick around and then make you feel like a fool when they're later overturned. When I first heard Robert Ellis' music, I was completely convinced that he was an older singer who'd slipped under my radar and was hanging onto a crisp voice. Then to find out he's only 22... well, that was quite a wallop. Ellis' new album Photographs harks back to a time when LPs were split into themes among sides. The first half is concentrated around folk, country and bluegrassy tunes. His voice is accompanied only by an acoustic guitar for these. To some, they may come off sounding like Sufjan Stevens' Seven Swans or early Bon Iver. To others, they could be reminiscent of early country pioneers. The back half (beginning with "Comin' Home") is full of the rollicking rhythms and guitar licks that are most associated with the Bakersfield sound. A long-term residency in Houston showcased Ellis and his band constantly tinkering with styles and set lists that led to a band prepared for anything. In an interview last week, Ellis remarked that he hoped to find "patient" audiences on this tour. Based on what folks are saying in other cities, he's being seen by a lot of patient people.

Robert Ellis opens for the Old 97s at Lincoln Hall on Monday and Tuesday, the 18th and 19th. Tickets are $25. The shows are 21+ and start at 8PM. Lincoln Hall's at 2424 N Lincoln.

 
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