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4.9 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

mlmusic ,

Tinsley Ellis

I have had the great pleasure of seeing Tinsley several times my first experience was at Manny’s Car Wash in New York City. Then When I moved to Vegas overtime he came to Blues on Boulder at Boulder Station. Always a Great Show.
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iowabrickman ,

Knuckleheads show was awesome

I saw this great blues artist last week in Kansas City at Knuckleheads venue. Man does this cat still have what it takes. He played a few songs from the new album. Like a fine wine the guy just gets better and better. He is a gifted musician and plays from the heart. Catch one of his shows .... You won't regret it...or forget it.

Steve Douglas ,

Tinsley Ellis-Tough Love

I've long been a Tinsley Ellis fan and my band even does several covers off many of his past CD releases. Unfortunately, I have never gotten to see him play live. I definitely looked forward to hearing this album. Can't say that I have a collection of all his releases, but do have many of them. I have always associated Tinsley Ellis with his hard driving blues most notably found on his ' Fire It Up' release and his instrumental prowess uniquely showcased on last year's 'Get It' CD. This CD, as with the 'Get It' CD was self-released departing from his past and long term association with Alligator Records, the well known blues label.

We also find that 'Tough Love' departs from the hard driving styles found on 'Say Too Much', & 'One Sunny Day', and the funkified blues of 'Double Eyed Whammy' and is more reminiscent of melancholy blues style found in the Midnight Blue CD song, 'Kiss of Death'. Don't make the mistake of thinking this blues release is not a party in the making; it's just more of a laid back party rather than a drunken night on the town. There are some super tasteful shuffles 'Everything' with its zydeco feel and 'Midnight Ride' that offers that night on the town I mentioned. Another cut 'Give it Away' is strongly reminiscent of Eric Clapton's latest stylings; if I had been blindfolded I might have guessed that it was Clapton himself. 'Should I Have Lied' along with several of the cuts on this CD really show off Ellis' tasteful but powerful blues licks and the slide guitar work elsewhere also permeates a couple of cuts but never overpowers Tinsley's voice and lyrics.

For me, this is a CD release that needs to be taken as a whole as I have not picked a single cut that is a 'favorite'. Rather, after several listenings, it's an album that has become a Tinsley Ellis standout CD. Set yourself back in relaxation mode and just dig the blues as Tinsley Ellis delivers it, strong when needed, thoughtful in its lyrics, tasteful in his guitar licks, and totally a delightful release.

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