Saturday Night: Robert Ellis Wins Nashville's Heart

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 just finished a powerful rendition of George Jones' "If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)," much to the delight of the packed room at Nashville's Mercy Lounge. A firm testament to the prowess of our hometown heroes, the statement capped a weekend that saw Nashville wrap its arms around Ellis.

Aftermath, who just happens to be in Nashville on vacation, managed to catch Ellis at both of his Saturday appearances - first at a crowded Grimey's, Nashville's premier independent record store - and later that night. Both performances were well-receieved, as Ellis performed to enraptured audiences that showed the degree of respect and devoted listening we always hope to see in Houston crowds.

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Marc Brubaker
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