Robert Ellis

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    September 19, 2014

    Robert Ellis Is In a New York State of Mind

    You can take the boy out of Houston, but...well, this is part of how Robert Ellis has found himself spending his time after moving to New York City a little more than a month ago. "There's actually a weird little honky-tonk scene in Brooklyn," says the singer-songwriter who relocated from Houston t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Robert Ellis at Cactus Music, 3/11/2014

    Robert Ellis Cactus Music March 11, 2014 Something will always be all too familiar any time Robert Ellis takes a Houston stage. Even if he's just passing through, which is the case these days after his relocation to Nashville, his performances here will always be in front of a hometown crowd. He s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    UtopiaFest: Freaks Abound, Festival Jams In Hill Country Paradise

    The fifth annual UtopiaFest wrapped up in the early hours of Sunday morning, and after a super successful weekend of music and revelry, we have all made it back to society ready -- actually, not so ready -- to take on the week. Four Sisters Ranch, the beautifully wooded Texas Hill Country venue just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Robert Ellis at Discovery Green, 9/19/2013

    Robert Ellis, The Clarkes Discovery Green September 19, 2013 It feels like Robert Ellis' much-loved weekly local gig came and went a lifetime ago, even though it's only been a couple of years. Since rising to become one of the city's most celebrated performers, though, Ellis has scarcely slowed dow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Robert Ellis Sure Hopes He Can Sing at Discovery Green Homecoming Gig

    One of the damndest things Rocks Off has seen in our five-plus years in Houston is the way word of mouth spread like a brush fire among the local indie scene about "Whiskey Wednesdays." Starting in late, late 2009, scenesters both shaved and unkempt (more the latter) flocked to Mango's and then Fitz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Robert Ellis' Return Leads Discovery Green Fall Concert Lineup

    It sure is hard not to make a Thin Lizzy joke right now, but you can watch this video if you want to. The returning Robert Ellis was among the acts announced Thursday morning for Discovery Green's fall concert series, which begins September 19 and switches title sponsors from UH-Downtown to ExxonMob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Six Houston Acts Who Have Done Daytrotter Sessions

    It's no secret that Houston has an amazing music scene, but seeing local acts get love on a larger scale only reassures what Rocks Off has been saying for years. Last week, The Tontons' first Daytrotter session was released to the masses, and featured four songs, including "Bones 1" and "Bones 2" fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2013

    Last Night: New Year's Eve Cataclysm at Fitzgerald's

    Free Press Houston New Year's Eve Cataclysm Feat. Buxton, Infinite Apaches, Robert Ellis, Ben Godfrey Fitzgerald's December 31, 2012 Devil, your name be "Michelada." Who else could I blame for a New Year's Eve that seems to exist only as flashes and sounds and 11 pages of barely legible notes? Let' ... More >>

  • Music

    October 4, 2012
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    October 3, 2012

    Robert Ellis' New "Friends Like Those" Clip Uses Friends Like Yours

    This week Robert Ellis released an interactive clip for his latest single "Friends Like Those" off of his 2011 Photographs LP. You can check out the clip here at preferably with your Google Chrome browser. The video, which uses a plug-in from your personal Facebook account and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Last Night: Robert Ellis at the Mucky Duck

    Robert Ellis McGonigel's Mucky Duck July 5, 2012 Robert Ellis has a variety of tools. With his clear and nasal voice, he can communicate powerful emotions in just a few words. He is easily a session-caliber guitar player. But his simple language and sometimes skeletal song structures should not be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Best Of Free Press Summer Fest Day 2: Willie Nelson, Avett Bros., Wallpaper, Etc.

    More FPSF 2012 Coverage: • Summer Fest line-up reviews on the Rocks Off blog. • Free Press Summer Fest 2012: The Sexy, Sweaty Crowds • Popsicles and Pizza: The Food of Summer Fest • FPSF: The Bands from Saturday • FPSF: The Bands from Sunday Nathan Smith: The best part of Summer Fest Day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Americana Music Association Nominates Robert Ellis As Emerging Artist Of The Year

    Houston's own globe-trekking Robert Ellis received an Emerging Artist of the Year nomination from the Americana Music Association Thursday afternoon. The ceremony was officiated by actor and musician John C. Reilly, and featured performances by Ellis and a few other big names like Lucinda Williams a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Summer Fest Round Table: 9 Locals To Watch This Weekend

    Rocks Off polled our writers to see which local or regional artist they most wanted to see at Free Press Summer Fest this weekend. Alexa Crenshaw: Robert Ellis recently rebooted his mid-week honky-tonk events, fittingly dubbed Whiskey Wednesday with Robert Ellis. The problem now, though, is that th ... More >>

  • Music

    March 29, 2012
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    March 5, 2012

    Flaming Lips Return To Summer Fest With Avetts, Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Descendents & Many More

    Under cover of darkness, Free Press Summer Fest announced its 2012 lineup around 5 a.m. Monday morning. We'll get right to it: The Avett Brothers Snoop Dogg Willie Nelson Afrojack Primus The Flaming Lips (Performing Dark Side of the Moon)

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Robert Ellis' Whiskey Wednesdays Returning... In Austin

    Rocks Off thought we had written everything about Robert Ellis & the Boys' Whiskey Wednesday shows there was to say. After all, the weekly beer-soaked no-cover night of Texas-heavy vintage honky-tonk covers ended back in April. So we were a little intrigued when someone forwarded us this link earl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2012

    Friday Night: Hayes Carll, Robert Ellis, and Shovels & Rope At House Of Blues

    This Friday night set effectively set the tone for my New Year's weekend. It was raucous, relaxing, and poignant, shoving us into the new year with a bit of twang and grit - as if I didn't already carry enough in my DNA. With Hayes Carll closing, Robert Ellis in middle relief, and Charleston, Sout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Robert Ellis, Hayes Carll Honored by American Songwriter Magazine

    Photo by Marc Brubaker​If one understands the historical depth and context of the singer-songwriter tradition in Houston -- and it was flourishing here long before it migrated to Austin or before a few (mostly Texan) outlaws started up a movement in Nashville -- it shouldn't come as much of a ... More >>

  • Music

    December 8, 2011

    Locally Speaking

    My Top Ten Local Albums of 2011

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    November 22, 2011

    Where to See Some Live Music on Thanksgiving (and the Wednesday before)

    We all need a place to mellow out after a day of dealing with family. Don't get us wrong, we love our families. It's just that, getting together with the extended crew can take a toll and relaxing with some live, local music helps take the edge off. Holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving fit neatl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Your 2011 Houston Press Music Awards Winners

    Photo By Marco TorresAll night, attendees to the awards show signed a special banner for Chris Gray.​Check out our slideshow of this year's Houston Press Music Awards winners. It was a dandy of an evening last night at Warehouse Live as we handed out those silver records to some of Houston's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Drinking With Drinkify: Website Concocts Cocktails For You Based On Your Musical Tastes

    ​The website Drinkify combines your musical tastes with your booze tastes, with sometimes hilarious and dangerous results. The site does what we have been doing since we first took our first sip of the hard stuff, and that's finding the right music for your liver-killing. Though, if you foll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    The 2011 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

    ​Took us long enough, right? It's been so long since we've had the Houston Press Music Awards, which were last handed out the evening of August 11, 2010, that we almost forgot we were having them. Not really. How could we? If our numbers are correct, in the two weeks this year's nomination b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Saturday Night: Robert Ellis Wins Nashville's Heart

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Robert Ellis & the Boys, Those Darlins, Old 97's Mercy Lounge, Nashville July 9, 2011 "It takes a lot of balls to do that in this town, but y'all pulled it off," a man in the second row yelled towards the stage amidst a wave of applause. Robert Ellis and his Boys had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Last Night: Robert Ellis & The Boys At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Jim Bricker​Robert Ellis & the Boys (CD release), Jonny Corndawg Fitzgerald's July 6, 2011 See more Photographs from Ellis' homecoming in our slideshow. Robert Ellis' record release show last night wasn't short on thrills, from the openers to the closing moments from Ellis and his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Out Today: New West Strikes Gold On Robert Ellis, Old 97's Discs

    ​It's a light batch this week as far as new releases go, with the Independence Day holiday cutting into the label's schedules. As it stands now, Rocks Off is holding a jug of coffee in our hands to try to wake up from the food and chill-time coma we embarked on last Friday. We are surely not in th ... More >>

  • Music

    June 30, 2011

    Photographic Memory

    Robert Ellis heads into the great wide open on his first New West LP.

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Brew Blog: Beer, Burgers and Gary U.S. Bonds at the Texas Beer Festival

    Home Brew Demo at Texas Beer Festival. For a slideshow of the event, click here.​Last week's post about the Texas Beer Festival garnered some interesting responses. Most seemed excited about an event born out of the desire to showcase Texas beers. A few notable exceptions were voiced. Well, no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Last Shot Of Whiskey Wednesday Is Powerful Stuff

    Steve Jansen​Rocks Off doesn't know where you went to school, but Robert Ellis & the Boys' final Whiskey Wednesday at Fitzgerald's last night felt a lot like the prom/graduation party we always wanted to have. With maybe just a little more beer. 'Tis the season. As the ceiling sagged from th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Saturday: New West Records Showcase At Cactus Music

    Photos by Jim BrickerRobert Ellis & the Boys​New West Records showcase feat. Buxton, Robert Ellis & the Boys, Wild Moccasins Cactus Music April 16, 2011 Although they had a myriad of opportunities Friday night to make themselves bleary-eyed and drag-tailed - Aftermath chose The Wagoneers, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    30 Seconds With Robert Ellis

    Danin Drahos​Rocks Off sat down with Robert Ellis to see what we could learn about the singer-songwriter, 2010 Houston Press Best Country award winner and in-demand guitarist in 30 seconds... Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? Robert Ellis: "Let the Bodies Hit the Floor" by Dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    The Most Anticipated Albums Of 2011

    ​NATIONAL White Lies, Ritual: They killed at festivals in 2008 and 2009, but do London's Interpol-styled lads have longevity? Dr. Dre, Detox: It's been on hold or gestating since at least Clinton was in office. Will it continue to be hip-hop's Chinese Democracy? R.E.M., Collapse Into No ... More >>

  • Music

    December 16, 2010
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    November 18, 2010

    Blinded by the Light

    Sacred Steel gives Grandfather Child an epiphany.

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Pregame at the Houston Press Music Awards Ceremony

    Photos by Kendra BerglundA Dream Asleep​The winner's envelopes are here and the room is starting to fill up as bands gather to find out who are the winners of this year's Houston Press Music Awards. Our staff has been milling around and have reported back to us these nuggest. How was your sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Fat Tony, A Dream Asleep and Robert Ellis Sound Off on HPMA Showcase and Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Kendra Berglund​"It was ok," said Fat Tony, who plays at 8:30. "The sound wasn't good, and people don't like when the sounds not good. But I got paid, so..." Tony's looking forward to a fun-filled evening, even though he only gets to play two songs, "Like Hell Yeah", which has been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Ozeal, Satin Hooks, Zydeco Dots, Kristine Mills Simmer On Showcase Saturday

    Photos by GroovehouseOzeal and friends, just getting started...​2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, and nobody's home at The Drake. The place is a bit hidden, with its posh entrance tucked around back, hidden from the street by the abandoned industrial façade. The cool, dark interior provides a ref ... More >>

  • Music

    August 5, 2010

    Died and Gone to Houston

    City is ready for another honky-tonk close-up.

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Robert Ellis & The Boys Back In Full Swing At Mango's

    Zoe CorsonMike Stinson and Pamela Des Barres dodge the dancers at Mango's.​Mango's was packed last night for the return of Robert Ellis & the Boys' Wednesday-night Montrose barn dance. Ellis recently got back into town from a three-week solo tour that took him New York City and Chicago. Only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    2010 Music Awards Nominees, Part 1

    ​Rocks Off is sorry this took so long, but between sifting through dozens of categories with dozens of nominations apiece, and shuffling back and forth to the doctor's office thanks to an unfortunate spill last night, we've been working as fast as we possibly can. Even so, we decided to split ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 18, 2010

    Spacetaker's Apocalypto

    The nonprofit arts organization honors its founder, David Brown

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    February 2, 2010

    SXSW News: Adds Include DEATH, Voivod, Neon Indian, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Trae Tha Truth and Chamillionaire & Paul Wall, Together Again

    This past week a few Houston musicians began getting their dreaded SXSW rejection notices; most notably we heard that Robert Ellis' entry was not accepted. That's a tough bullet to take, considering how well his band does on Wednesday night at Mango's and the quality of his solo album. Either way E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Guitar Zero, or One Old Dog Attempts to Learn a New Trick

    [Ed. Note: What happens when Rocks Off finds out one of our writers recently began taking guitar lessons? This.] ​Some men hit their 40s and lose their minds a little. They trade in their minivan for a Corvette, or their wife for a similarly newer model. I have a history of getting these kinds of ... More >>

  • Music

    November 19, 2009

    Honky-Tonk Revival

    Is Houston ready for country? Again?

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    November 5, 2009

    Wednesdays are Honky-Tonk Heaven In Houston, and Thursdays are Hillbilly Hell

    Photos by Chris GrayRobert Ellis & the Boys, under the blue neon​ It's no secret Rocks Off is a big fan of the country music, which is why we're starting to get a little excited about the inner-loop honky-tonk scene that's taking root. Over the weekend, we caught Sean Reefer & the Resin Va ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Things to Do This Weekend If You're (Almost) Broke

    Friday​The freaky folk band everyone's talking about, listenlisten, helps Block 7 Wine Co. (720 Shepherd) celebrate its grand opening this evening with Robert Ellis. Festivities continue Saturday with Runaway Sun (9 p.m.) and Sunday with Kenneth Scott (8 p.m.). No cover. The adorable Cop Warmth he ... More >>

  • Music

    July 9, 2009

    Enjoy the Silence

    Singer-songwriter Robert Ellis stands up for piping down.

  • Dining

    May 7, 2009


    A singer-songwriter cocktail at MANGO'S

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