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 ExxonMobil.
The Houston singer-songwriter and catalyst of the fondly-remembered "Whiskey Wednesdays" nights at Mango's and Fitzgerald's will open the season headlining over Temple-based husband/wife country duo the Clarkes. Ellis has been spending the balance of the past year either in Nashville or on the road, after being chosen as one of the Americana Music Association's 2012 finalists for Emerging Artist of the Year.
He's also been putting the finishing touches on a sophomore New West album to follow up 2011's Photographs, judging by his Twitter feed.
"Listening to the Masters of the new record right now," Ellis tweeted on Tuesday. "Can't wait for you guys to hear it."
The rest of the season features a stubble-heavy double bill of Ray Wylie Hubbard and Shinyribs (September 26); local indie stars Young Mammals and the Wheel Workers (October 3); flamboyant Latin rockers Del Castillo and Espantapajaros (October 10); and a concluding battle of the blues divas with Shemeika Copeland and newly crowned HPMA Female Vocalist winner Annika Chambers on October 17.
All shows are free and start around 6:30 p.m. Saint Arnold's returns as the beer sponsor and is offering "double reward points" for people recycling their empty six-pack containers.
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