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 mistaken for something elementary. There's a lot going on there.

After the local media sang Ellis' praises for a couple of years, we've spent the past year or so saying goodbye, watching him move part-time to Wimberley but mostly going out on the road with a succession of fellow AAA/Americana young Turks like Dawes and Lucero. In fact, he returned to the Mucky Duck Thursday as a nominee for the Americana Music Association's Emerging Artist of the Year award. (Last year's winners? Mumford & Sons.)

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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