Tinsley Ellis: Ice Cream Man (Alligator/Southbound)

 |   |  <1 min read

No Stroll in the Park
Tinsley Ellis: Ice Cream Man (Alligator/Southbound)
As we've noted previous – in fact probably for about two decades – if tough Chicago blues is your thing then all you need to see is the record label Alligator and all you needs will be satisfied. Usually.

Tinsley Ellis – originally out of Georgia who came to the blues via the British blues boom route of the Sixties – is reliable and Elsewhere acclaimed his previous album Winning Hand (which went on to win best blues rock album in the Blues Blast Magazine awards).

He's a raw and sometimes angry vocalist whose guitar work we likened to a flamethrower, but a witheringly accurate one.

He shifted labels a bit but is back on Alligator which does seem the natural home for his assertive style and this year he has been nominated for the Blues Rock Artist by the Blues Foundation.

Acclaim also comes from his peers like Buddy Guy, and in his fortysomething year career he was on the same bill as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Koko Taylor, Son Seals, Albert Collins, Otis Rush and Willie Dixon.

Across the 11 original he unleashes that gritty vocal and blistering but constrained playing, and if the lyrics sometimes let him down or a chord progression sounds instantly familiar it hardy matters because that's not what you are here for.

Ellis delivers, just as the cover image promises.

You can sample Ellis' previous work at Spotify here

Share It

Your Comments

Keith Shackleton - Feb 4, 2020

His resemblance to English comedian Bill Bailey is doing my head in.

post a comment

More from this section   Blues articles index

T-Model Ford and GravelRoad: Taledragger (Alive/Southbound)

T-Model Ford and GravelRoad: Taledragger (Alive/Southbound)

At 90, the great and late-discovered bluesman T-Model Ford still sounds like he is one man who isn't going to let the road of life weary him. Here with his touring band GravelRoad, he delivers... > Read more

Eddie Turner: Miracles and Demons (Northern Blues/Southbound)

Eddie Turner: Miracles and Demons (Northern Blues/Southbound)

As mentioned previously on the occasion of The Turner Diaries, this singer-guitarist won't be to every blues fan's taste -- and not just because he gets the Hendrix tag a bit (true, but only... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Sue and Horst's Famous Persimmon Cream Pie

Sue and Horst's Famous Persimmon Cream Pie

When you've got in-laws who have a large persimmon orchard you tend to learn all kinds of things that can be done with the underrated persimmon. My father-in-law Horst slices ripe ones and... > Read more

Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: Yesterdays (ECM/Ode)

Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: Yesterdays (ECM/Ode)

Arguably the greatest working jazz trio in the world today, pianist Jarrett, bassist Peacock and drummer DeJohnette once more look back for source material while remaining utterly contemporary in... > Read more