Blues legends to perform at Boca Grande Community Center
October 5, 2023
By Staff Report
Troubadour Tinsley Ellis has been immersed in music his entire life. Born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1957 and raised in South Florida, he acquired his first guitar at age seven, inspired by watching The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. Like many kids his age, Ellis discovered the blues through the back door of British Invasion bands like The Yardbirds, Cream, and The Rolling Stones as well as Southern rockers like the Allman Brothers Band. Twenty albums later – on record labels such as Alligator and Capricorn (and millions of miles traveled) – Ellis has become an elder statesman of the Blues world.
With his new project “Acoustic Songs and Stories”, Ellis performs many of his most popular songs (plus delta blues and classics by artists like Gregg Allman, Bob Dylan, and Leo Kottke) on his 1937 National Steel and 1969 Martin D-35. Ellis weaves the music together with interesting and sometimes ribald stories from over forty years of a life spent on stages and in motels and truck stops. Ellis shows no signs of slowing down and is headed to Boca Grande with his newest and perhaps most unique project.