Ellis Paul 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
Doors: 7:30 p.m.; Show: 8 p.m.
Stoltz Listening Room $20
"Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music." - The New York Times
Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It's a rare artist who can do both.
Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters.
Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is, for lack of a better word, more a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing.
Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. Ellis's songs capture the same experiences: The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love...intimate, passionate and enduring.