Dave Ellis & The Hopeless Sinners

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Everything in between is a culmination of Ellis’ work over the last ten years, of a life well-lived and the songs that it inspired. Recorded over the span of six months in 2012-13, the album was engineered at Garey Shelton Studios and mixed by Justin Armstrong (Dave Matthews) at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle. Ellis brings together some of the best studio musicians in the Seattle area, with his band, “The Hopeless Sinners” featuring Ben Smith (Heart), Garey Shelton (Jesse Colin Young), Terry Lauber, and John Morton. Filled with songs of triumph, failure, and ultimately an appreciation of all the twists and turns we follow on our journey, the message on this CD is clear: it’s not always a straight line from point A to B, but it’s usually one hell of a ride. Ellis has been a part of the Seattle music scene since the ’80s when he co-founded the funk rock outfit known as Edison Jones, (with bassist, Maurice Jones, Jr.). Their regional hit “When the Lights Go Down Low,” co-written by Ellis and George Merrill, was covered by none other than Herb Alpert. In the mid ’90s, Ellis went solo and returned to his acoustic roots, opening for artists like Rickie Lee Jones, The Beach Boys, and Richard Marx. During this time, he released two CDs—Dobra Zuby (1999) and Hopeless Sinners (2002).

Ellis returns now with his best tunes yet. His eclectic range is organic and authentic. The breezy, poppy lead track Know now is followed by such standout tracks as the acoustic country-influenced ‘Where You’re Going’, the funky ‘Whatcha Think About That’, the uplifting gospel ‘Out of the Dark’ (about getting by in hard times), the sexy and sultry ‘Heart Without A Home’, and ‘Only Thing We Need’ breaks it down to the basics. The album closes with Ellis’ short, perfect song about a father’s pride and joy, ‘Daddy’s Little Girl’. Every song on this CD is worth a listen or 12. Travel down the path with Dave Ellis and savor the voyage.

“A well-oiled adult-contemporary release with slick guitar leads, piano flourishes, and understated drumming. Among the standouts, “Out of the Dark” with its wailing pedal-steel accompaniment, evokes the sound of modern Nashville country, while “Only Thing We Need” is played in the contemporary blues style of John Mayer.” —Seattle Weekly

“Whether playful, reflective or somber, the songs on Dave Ellis’ new CD, “Everything in Between,” convey a personal warmth reminiscent of James Taylor. It’s a sweet collection of tunes With a ‘70s vibe that doesn’t sound dated, but refreshed and re-energized.” —Gene Stout / Seattle Times

“Dave Ellis is a soulful and authentic singer and writer. His songs are like friends you haven’t seen for too long, and you are happy to welcome them back into your life. This album is a keeper.” —Michael Shireve (Santana)

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