Tinsley Ellis

Genres: Blues
Tags: blues blues rock guitar rock blues-rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 June 1957, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Like many American musicians of his generation, Ellis first took up the guitar at the age of seven, inspired by groups in the late 60s British blues rock invasion. While playing in rock bands, he took an increasing interest in the work of Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker and particularly in guitarists Freddie King, Buddy Guy and Magic Sam. Returning from Florida in 1979, he joined the Alley Cats, a blues band that also featured future Fabulous Thunderbirds bass player Preston Hubbard. Two years later, Ellis formed the Heartfixers with veteran harmonica player Chicago Bob Nelson. Their debut album helped to make them the city’s foremost blues rock band. With Nelson’s departure, the band moved to Landslide and Ellis took over lead vocals. The release of a live album and 1986’s Cool On It and their supporting role on Nappy Brown’s comeback set Tore Up brought them attention in America and...

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