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Tinsley Ellis / Ice Cream In Hell

“It’s not always easy. But the payoff is the music. That’s the ice cream.”

Tinsley Ellis

Ice Cream In Hell (Alligator)

http://www.tinsleyellis.com

From Tinsley Ellis’s press kit…“A musician never got famous staying home,” says Ellis, who continues to perform over 150 nights a year. Now, with Ice Cream In Hell, Tinsley Ellis will again hit the highway, bringing his roof-raising, road-tested music to fans wherever they may be. “I’ve seen it all,” the Atlanta native says of his four decades on the road. “And a lot of my audience has been along for the entire time. It’s not always easy. But the payoff is the music. That’s the ice cream.”

The master of the searing Stratocaster is back, still working hard after 40 years. Just like a lot of his past releases, Ice Cream In Hell is a really nice mixed bag; “Last One To Know” is pure Memphis Soul, with growling B3 organ, “Foolin’ Yourself” is pure Chicago shuffle, and “Everything And Everyone” is a jazzy little Latin number.

This release is one of Tinsley Ellis’s best, and has been on “repeat play” in our office since it arrived last week. With a little something for nearly every ear, it’s impossible to resist.

D.P.

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