Tinsley Ellis uses his Southern roots proudly. Birthed in Atlanta in 1957, he grew up in southerly Florida and also very first played guitar at age eight. He discovered cries with the back entrance of British Invasion bands like The Yardbirds, The Animals, Cream, and The Rolling Stones. He especially enjoyed the Kings– Freddie, B.B. and Albert– and also invested hrs immersing himself in their music. His love for cries strengthened when he was fourteen.
At a B.B. King performance, Tinsley rested mesmerized in the front row. When B.B. broke a string on Lucille, he transformed it without missing out on a beat, and handed the damaged string to Ellis. After the program, B.B. came out as well as talked with followers, even more thrilling Tinsley with his warmth and also down-to-earth mindset. Now Tinsley’s destiny was secured; he had to come to be a blues guitar player. And indeed, he still has that string.
Balancing over 150 real-time shows a year, Ellis has played in all 50 states in addition to Canada, Europe, Australia and South America. He has actually discussed stages with almost every significant blues celebrity, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins and several others. Whether he’s out with his own band or sharing stages with significant artists like Buddy Guy, The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule or Widespread Panic, he always digs deep and plays, as Guitar Player states, “… as if his life depended on it.”. (via: http://www.tinsleyellis.com/toughlovebio.html)
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