Counting B.B. King as an Influence, Tinsley Ellis Will Take You Back to the Old Days of Blues
Treat your ear buds to an evening of blues music with Tinsley Ellis live in concert! The Southern musician will perform live at SPACE this Friday, March 15th. Make plans now to check it out!
Born in Atlanta in 1957, Ellis was raised in southern Florida. One night he and a friend were listening to records when his friend’s older brother told them if they liked blues, they should really be listening to B.B. King. Tinsley and his friend went to King’s show, sitting transfixed in the front row. When B.B. broke a string on Lucille, he changed it without missing a beat, and handed the broken string to Ellis. Tinsley’s fate was now sealed; he had to become a blues guitarist.
Already an accomplished teenaged musician, Ellis returned to Atlanta in 1975. In 1981, he formed The Heartfixers, a group that would become Atlanta’s top-drawing blues band. After cutting a few Heartfixers albums, Ellis was ready to head out on his own. Georgia Blue, Tinsley’s first solo release, hit the unprepared public by surprise in 1988. Critics and fans quickly agreed that a new and original guitar hero had emerged. Tinsley’s next four releases—1989’s Fanning The Flames, 1992’s Trouble Time, 1994’s Storm Warning, and 1997’s Fire It Up—further grew his fan base and his fame.
A move to Capricorn Records in 2000 saw Ellis revisiting his Southern roots. In 2002, he joined the Telarc label, producing two well-received albums of soul-drenched blues-rock. He returned to Alligator in 2005, releasing Live-Highwayman, which captured the crowd-pleasing energy of his live shows. He followed it with two more incendiary studio releases, 2007’s Moment Of Truth and 2009’s Speak No Evil. He has since self-released four successful albums on his own Heartfixer label.
Over the course of his career, Ellis has shared stages with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, The Allman Brothers, Leon Russell, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins and many others. Whether he’s on stage with his own band or jamming with artists like Buddy Guy, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule or Widespread Panic, he always plays with grit, soul and unbridled passion. Now, see this musical genius for yourself at SPACE on Friday, March 15th! Tickets are $15 to $27 and may be purchased online.
444 Social Luxury Apartments, providing the perfect balance of comfortable and convenient apartments in Lincolnshire, Illinois, is helping spread the word about this special event happening in our community! We believe it’s in your best interest to attend with family and friends!
Friday, March 15, 2019—8:00 PM
Event Venue Location:
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60202