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Straight Up

by Dave Ellis Blues Band

Rough and Ready Blues / Rock from U.K based European touring Artist
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Travelin' Man
3:03 $0.99
2. Nothing to Lose
3:18 $0.99
3. Set Me Free
4:39 $0.99
4. Sky Blues Today
2:59 $0.99
5. Rattlesnake Hide
5:35 $0.99
6. Sun Goes Down
3:03 $0.99
7. Stop Sign
3:34 $0.99
8. Prayer for a Friend
3:20 $0.99
9. Peace of Mind
3:58 $0.99
10. Honey Pot
4:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
14th Album release of all original tracks written by Dave Ellis from new line up of the Dave Ellis Blues Band... featuring Jerzy Janik on bass and
Sławny Puszkin on drums. Recorded and mixed by Krzysztof Pajak at Meksyk Studio - Skawina Poland 25/06/15
Officially sponsored by Diamond Bottlenecks Glass Bottleneck Guitar Slides.
Recent reviews
#1 from John Porter/ blogspot
The ten track CD features all original songs done by Ellis and his rhythm section comprised of Jerzy Janik on bass and Sławny Puszkin on drums. The album just dropped in June, 2015, so you may not have had a chance to check it out, but it is well worth the effort.

If you’re old enough to remember the original British Blues Invasion, those guys had a deep reverence for the sound and did everything they could to replicate it note for note. It wasn’t until Clapton took things a little further that it gave everyone permission to explore the blues and thus changed the sound.

Ellis and company have the advantage of having gone through the punk movement and learned the blues first hand. This is not the genteel British Invasion, this is the Invasion With Attitude.

They open the CD with two up-tempo tracks: Travelin' Man and Nothing to Lose which firmly establish the attitude. Ellis’ guitar licks soar and his lyrics are strong. Next up is Set Me Free which slows down the pace with some chilling lyrics which are perfectly underscored by Ellis menacing sparse guitar.

They go back to a happy pace with Sky Blues Today, but really show their chops on Rattlesnake Hide. Ellis changes guitars and evokes a slower pace. This one could get some significant air play.

After that, it’s back to the Power Trio sound (hey, it really works and it just goes to show you that you can strip down the sound and still make a powerful statement). Sun Goes Down and Stop Sign are straight ahead driving songs.

Then Ellis brings everything down to a crawl with Prayer For A Friend. This is the kind of song you have to listen deeply to, the guitar is subtle, nuanced and his vocals are evocative. This is the kind of music I love and don’t get to hear enough.

The last two songs are solid. Peace Of Mind has a delightful interplay between Ellis’ guitar and Puszkin’s drums. It’s very cool and I would love to see them do this live. The last song Honey Pot is another straight ahead driving number. Start strong, finish strong and take us on a great journey, that’s all I ever ask from a band and the Dave Ellis Blues Band delivers.

It’s a fun album, do yourself a favor and grab it.

And hey, if any of you happen to schedule festivals, Ellis has only played one date in America but has many tours throughout Europe. They would be fun to see live and while they may not be as well known in the States as I would like, they will put on a great show. Think about it.

Review #2 from Bluesdoodles Liz Aitken
Dave Ellis delivers blues that is gritty and Straight Up. Nothing is mixed or cajoled into a corner this is blues guitar that pierces through the gravel tone vocals as the Dave Ellis Blues Band delivers electric blues.

The fourteenth album of the a touring band that have been thirty-one years on the road honing the feel that makes the band more than a SRV clone, though his style is a dominant influence. Dave Ellis with the band has travelled far and wide through Europe and America reflected in the opening track Travelin’ Man. Dave has also played with Papa Grorge Band and Egypt these inflections can be heard on Straight Up which is an album that is not a mono-chromed version of the blues. Tempos change and the guitar takes on light and dark textures in Blues Today which sees the rhythm of Slawny Puskin’s drumming driving the guitar and bending the emotion into a form that has an exciting energy. Half way through and the slide guitar creates a swampy, dirty feel for Rattlesnake Hide with a beat that gets the feet tapping with and urgency reflected in the bass line put down by Jerzy Janik. The as the Sun Goes Down on the slide guitar we have a rock fueled blues number that adds another layer of fuel injected energy into the proceedings. The slower Prayer For A Friend has an acoustic feel and the tempo reflects the lyrics delivered as a mournful chant intoning a prayer like quality. The album of ten self-penned tracks closes with Honey Pot, rocking RnB takes us home as the last notes die away.

Dave Ellis Blues Band has delivered blues; there are no twists, turns or surprises. The music is open and honest reflecting the band’s style as they combine lyric driven songs that weave in and out of Dave Ellis’ guitar work delivered by his distinctive grit fuelled vocals.

Review #3 Gary Grainger uk Bluesshow
The album sets up stall straight away with Travelin' Man – a driving blues boogie, introducing us to Dave’s gritty vocals and Texas style guitar. This is a bare bones, no frills album in the power trio format, which means the rhythm section needs to step up for the sound to work – and they do. When Dave takes up a wah solo on Nothing To Lose, Jerzy Janik on bass and Sławny Puszkin on drums are there right behind him keeping the song driving along.
But driving boogie isn’t all that is on offer here – things slow down for Set Me Free, with tasty chordal work from Dave before an even tastier guitar solo.
These aren’t all straight ahead 12 bar boogies either, Sky Blues Today features an unusual but effective time signature and chord structure – with the pounding drums being very effective here.
I am a sucker for great slide guitar playing and that is what we get on Rattlesnake Hide, with Dave’s resonator providing an authentic feel to a song that could have been written and recorded anytime in the past 100 years.
Sun Goes Down brings us back to power trio territory with a great riff backing up excellent lyrics “She’s got a look of freedom in her eyes” sings Dave – we want to know more about this woman! Things get a little heavier on Stop Sign, which, like all good songs, reminds you of a few other songs that you remember from all those years ago – if you can remember that far back!
Prayer for a Friend starts with an almost oriental feel, the solo minor key resonator sounding like a Japanese Koto, before the story unfolds leaving us in no doubt about the gap left by the passing of this particular friend.
We hit the power trio groove again with Peace of Mind, with more effective wah guitar riffing and a laid back guitar solo section.
The album finishes with Honey Pot, a classic subject for a blues song, and drives along at a fair pace, with the rhythm section once again proving their worth, with Dave begging for some sugar and his guitar doing a fair impression of a bee!
This is a good album with excellent songs and a perfect example of how a power trio should sound – the rhythm section providing a solid foundation for Dave’s vocals and excellent guitar work. Recommended.



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Brian J Hiscock

This band has paid there dues to the Blues
The Dave Ellis Band deliver the Blues with an honesty that can only be earned out on the road. This album is not a collection of over done covers, but all original songs that are honest reflections on the ups and downs of life's journey. Dave's guitar work has always been beyond reproach and here he demonstrates his sensitivity and power in equal portions. The guitar work is supported by a tough two man rythym section that lays down a driving, unstoppable groove which allows Dave to stretch out his licks to new places, safe in the knowledge that the foundations will hold steady.
If your taste is good rockin' Blues this album will not disappoint, but it will leave you wanting more!

Saskia Monsoon- Riviera

Real Smoking Hot Blues !!!
The Dave Ellis Blues Band are the ' real deal ' - these guys really know their stuff. Dave's voice is smooth like Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey !! His guitar work is Superb !!! These guys get under your skin and just leaving you wanting more !!! If you really want to get some good Blues under your belt - check this Band out !!! Best i've heard for a long time !!

Saskia Monsoon-Riviera

Smoking Hot Blues
These Guys are AWSOME !! they really know their stuff !! Dave Ellis has a voice as smooth as Tennessee Honey ! his guitar playing is wicked !! if you dig The Blues - you must add this to your collection - it just leaves you wanting more !

Saskia Monsoon-Riviera

Smoking Hot Blues
These Guys really know their stuff !!!! Dave Ellis has a voice as smooth as Tennessee Honey !! His guitar work is on fire !!! If you dig the blues you must add this to your collection !!

David Stacey

Straight Up Blues
Really tight 3 piece band. Lovely bluesy guitar and vocals. Shades of Hendrix at his bluesy best. If you can't get to see these guys at a festival-buy the CD!!

Paweł Karpinski

Na jednym oddechu.
Płyty wysłuchałem jednym tchem.Dostajemy dawkę boogie rodem z południa USA.Gitara,głos,a wszystko podparte swietną sekcją rytmiczną,dają nam dawkę dynamicznie zagranego bluesa.Dave Ellis to spadkobierca Stevie Ray Vaughn'a.Instynkt połączony z sercem.Cóż więcej trzeba?I to daje nam Dave Ellis,blues płynący z duszy.
"Pisanie o muzyce jest jak tańczenie o architekturze" Frank Zappa

Pawel Karpinski

Dave Ellis.....Boogie Band!!!!!
Muzyka na tej plycie porywa od pierwszych dzwiekow.Dave Ellis,brytyjski gitatzysta,spadkobierca SRV i Jimi Hendrixa.Wspomagany precyzyjna sekcja rytmiczna przenosi nas na poludnie USA.Do tego glos,ktory czaruje nas czarnym zabarwieniem.To wszystko daje nam niezwykla dawke prawdziwego bluesa.
"Pisanie o muzyce jest jak tanczenie o architekturze" Frank Zappa.