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Tough Love

Tinsley Ellis

Heartfixer Music 2015

Review by David Bowling


Tinsley Ellis is a bluesman who has been producing quality music for over 30 years. He is one of the best blues guitarists you have probably never heard. He has shared the stage with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, and Albert Collins among others. Now he has issued his latest album titled Tough Love.

Previous albums have explored a fusion of hard rock and blues, plus a few that have added a soulful and funky element to his music. His latest release moves his blues in a moody and gritty direction. Through it all, he constantly proves that he is one of the better blues guitarists alive.

He has always been able to write a song. “Midnight Ride” has a smooth rocking style. “In From The Cold” is a smoldering slow blues number. If you want an example of his guitar expertise, then check out “Should I Have Lied.”

Tough Love is an album worth seeking out if you are an aficionado of the blues.


Rating: ***1/2