When it comes to modern electric blues, Tisnley Ellis has always been the exception to the rule. He has always understood that the music’s roots are more about feel than chops (though he is rightfully celebrated for them). Musically, he displays that different genre bends — blues, country, jazz, soul, R&B, and of course rock & roll — are part of an inseparable American musical heritage.
Averaging over 150 live shows a year, Ellis has played in all 50 states as well as Canada, Europe, Australia and South America. He has shared stages with almost every major blues star, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins and many others. Whether he’s out with his own band or sharing stages with major artists like Buddy Guy, The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule or Widespread Panic, he always digs deep and plays, as Guitar Player says, “…as if his life depended on it.”