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Elevator Man

Scott Ellison

Red Parlor Records

Review by David Bowling

 

Some of the best blues is played in small clubs and concert halls all across the United States, which brings us to Scott Ellison.

Ellison’s career is well past the three decade mark. He leaned the basics providing backing music for groups such as the Box Tops, Coasters, Shirelles, Drifters, Peaches & Herb, and the Marvalettes. By 1990 he was fronting his own blues band opening for such acts as Leon Russell, Bobby Bland, Buddy Guy, and Roy Orbison. Today he is one of those road warriors, constantly on the road, performing virtually anywhere he can get a gig.

He has now released his latest album titled Elevator Man.” He is one of those mister do-it-all musicians as he wrote the songs, provided the lead vocals, and plays a cornucopia of guitars including lead & rhythm, electric slide, and acoustic guitar.

It is a basic album of smooth blues/rock centered around Ellison’s guitar virtuosity. He tends to write short and concise songs which are melodic. Tunes such as “She’s On My Trail,” “Holler For Help,” “Wear Out Your Welcome,” and “Jesus Loves Me (Baby Why Don’t You)” fit this precise mold.

Elevator Man is another strong outing for Scott Ellison. A worth-while pick-ip for any aficionado of the blues.

 

Rating: ***

 

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