Ellis Paul (from the album The Songwriter’s Suitcase available on Rosella Records)
If we chose our singers and their songs as we select wine, Ellis Paul would be a fine blend of heart and soul, a full-bodied voice, rich with an emotional texture that can add spice and heat as needed. Ellis Paul bottles up all of his natural ingredients, lays out an audio blanket of melody and uncorks a case of tunes as The Songwriter’s Suitcase, his recent release. Tenderness opens the curtains on The Songwriter’s Suitcasefirst cut, Ellis Paul admitting “I Ain’t No Jesus”, adding other spiritual icons such as Buddha while he finds his true religion in a heart that is given to him in love. The Songwriter’s Suitcase shows Ellis Paul is holding a full house of topics as he reads today’s headlines (“The Battle Of Charlottesville”), takes a step beyond mortality (“The Innocence and the Afterlife”), holds a placard for politics (“Election Day”), and provides a front row seat for family holiday celebrations (“Five Alarm Fire on the 4thof July”).
Ellis Paul is a writer, The Songwriter’s Suitcasecollecting his words with music as he takes time away from authoring children’s books and sitting at the front of a class of similar searchers with a pen when leading songwriter workshops. Delicate notes flicker like dust motes in the heartbeat thump of “Mammoth” while The Songwriter’s Suitcasewatches the baseball sail over the backfield wall in “How You Say Goodbye” as a crime scene materializes in “Scarecrows in a Corn Maze” and the title track falls into an open satchel amid the whiskey bottle, characters, ink, and paper tools of its trade. Ellis Paul has the touch of a master painter when his pen fleshes out the humans in his songs, the storyteller becoming the teacher advising “You’ll Never Be This Young Again” and relating his personal journey in “Kiss Me ‘Cause I’m Gone”.
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