Houston Music

30 Seconds With Robert Ellis

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 Drowning Pool. Should be obvious why....

RO: What is the best lyric in the world?

RE: Joanna Newsom, "Sawdust and Diamonds."

And though it may be madness, I will take to the grave

Your precious long face

And though our bones they may break and our souls separate

Why the long face?

And though our bodies recoil from the grip of the soil

Why the long face?

RO: Someone throws a beer bottle at you onstage. What do you do?

RE: Avoid concussion. See to it that they get their empty bottle back.

RO: Without worrying about time, space, or physical laws, what is the ultimate gig?

RE: Playing at the orange show with Paul Simon and George Jones.

RO: What will you buy with your first million dollars?

RE: A ranch, some horses, and a white pony for my wife.

RO: What would you buy with your last dollar?

RE: Coffee.

RO: If you could canonize another musician as a saint, who would it be and what would they be the patron saint of?

RE: George Jones; Patron Saint of heartbreak.

Robert Ellis & the Boys play Fitzgerald's every Wednesday.

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