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Everything In Between

Dave Ellis

CD Baby  2014

Review by David Bowling

 

The career of Dave Ellis can be divided into two sections. He was a part of the band Edison Jones that came very close to making it. During the 1980’s they opened for such artists as Crowded House, Level 42, UB4O, and the Neville Brothers. When the band split his solo career seemed to be on track, when he shared the stage with the likes of the Beach Boys, Richard Marx, and Ricki Lee Jones.

He is about to embark on the second phase of his career as Everything In Between is his first new album in a decade. The album was able to be recorded due to funding through a Kickstarter campaign.

Ellis is an excellent acoustic guitarist and possesses a soulful voice. It is his ability to wrote a song, however, that  sets him a part from many of his colleagues. It all adds up to a sound similar to James Taylor or Marc Cohn.

His music is gentle and above all comfortable. Songs such as “One Day At A Time,” “The Way Life Oughta Be,” “Like I Used To,” and “Daddy’s Little Girl” are all a look at life in a creative and entertaining way.

Everything In Between is a fine comeback album by Dave Ellis. Hopefully there will be more of the same in the future.

Rating: ***

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