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The Road to Ellenside

by The Paperboys

The Road to Ellenside is a return to The Paperboys Celtic roots with some Mexican, Bluegrass and Pop influences.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. String of Horses
2:31 $0.99
2. La Primavera
4:00 $0.99
3. California
3:56 $0.99
4. Fall Down With You
3:48 $0.99
5. Fragile
5:13 $0.99
6. Going Places
3:39 $0.99
7. Comfort and Kind
3:22 $0.99
8. El Baile del Puma
3:03 $0.99
9. Waiting
4:24 $0.99
10. Sheep's Ass
4:25 $0.99
11. Water Dreams
5:10 $0.99
12. Seasons
4:10 $0.99
13. La Vibora
7:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
Describing The Paperboys' sound isn't easy. Never ones to do the same thing twice or rest on their past success, their music is always evolving, yet grounded by the vision of Mexican-Canadian founder Tom Landa. Like Paul Simon, Steve Earle, Los Lobos and the Band before them, The Paperboys redefine their musical style from one album to the next - sometimes even from song to song on one album.

Formed in 1992, the band began as a Celtic Pop outfit, but soon added other musical elements to the mix. Today they slide effortlessly from Americana Country to Latin Groove to Stax influenced Soul tunes or to a ragin Celtic Stomp.

You could call it Latino Celtic Grass or Country Soul. Most describe it as Acoustic-based Roots music. But screw it, just call it good music!

This sound has garnered them rave reviews and industry accolades, including a Juno (the Canadian Grammy). Their impressive performances have brought them to some of the most prestigious theatre and club stages, as well as Pop and Folk Music Festivals in North America and around the world.

Over the last eight years, these hardcore troubadors have toured the US, Canada and Mexico, and for the last two years have added the UK, Germany, Switzerland and Scandinavia to their relentless touring schedule. They have done all this without the aid of major labels or commercial radio support. With four full-length CDs and one greatest hits album behind them, The Paperboys have had numerous TV and radio appearances, and have been featured in two major motion pictures. There is a big buzz about this band, and all who see them become instant fans. They have developed a cult-like following for the last decade that is ready to burst onto the mainstream. It's a transition The Paperboys will make with grace, elegance and tons of musical integrity.


"If you don't believe a jig can shred, listen to The Paperboys"
-Chris Nickson, The Seattle Rocket.

"The mixture of swirling violins, the energy of the banjo, guitar, accordion, drums and more, make it impossible to sit still... But lead singer Tom Landa's voice and songwriting talents are reasons to sit still and listen."
-The Hour, Montreal.



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Fantastic sounds!
The Road to Ellenside is another Paperboys hit! What a mix of musical styles. Track 14 is one of my favorites -- mixing celtic and country styles -- and the harmonizing! One of the Gotta Have's in my CD collection. Thanks CDBaby for your entertaining and provocative delivery of this new addition to my Paperboy's collection.


Just fantastic
After a concert with The Paperboys in Denmark I really need to have one of their CD's and I am not disappointed. Specially the flute is so great. They are all great.


Mellow and pretty, soothing, original music as expected from the Paperboys.
The Paperboys' sound can vary from song to song while remaining distinctively their own and immediately recognisable. While they're difficult to categorise by genre, there's no difficulty in identifying their feeling, and this album will sound familiar to anyone who knows their music, and most likely pleasing to anyone who already loves it. There's been a relative increase in the quantity of Spanglish songs, which are one of my favourite things about the Paperboys - music transcending genre to open a window on the reality of a diglossic Spanish-English daily existence, which is familiar to so many people. Despite all the Spanish, and the musical influences from the Hispanic world, though, I wouldn't apply any part of the label "Latin" to the Paperboys, as some other reviewers have done. There's also a relative increase in female vocals, which are an excellent addition to the album.

Kim Allen

Road to Ellenside
Love this! This is both calming and exuberant. I'm passing the good word to all my friends about this great group!

Sue Cooke

Gotta Dance
Another cracking cd from this band - they just get better and better.I love the mix of styles and influences and Tom Landa's songwriting is maturing to perfection! Just go to get up and dance around to this one!

Rod McCarvel

This isn't my favorite Paperboys record, but it's very, very good. It's worth the price of admission if only for the achingly beautiful "California" and the exquisitely polished but still oh-so-soulful "Fall Down With You." Do not miss this band live - on a bad night they're still lots of fun, and on a good night they can change your life.

Courtney Jones

Wow! Another great one!!
Wow, another great album by The Paperboys. You guys are amazing! Can't wait to see you at the Tractor here in Seattle in a couple weeks. Thanks for the music!!

Dave Chappell

The Mexican influence is obvious - and beautiful!
The last time I saw the Paperboys live in Tacoma, Tom Landa said that he was going to spend some time in Mexico mastering a small Mexican guitar I think is called a Cuatro. This CD is shining proof that he did just that, and the presence of the instrument adds a truly Mexican flavor to several of the songs. Tom's mastery of the cuatro, combined with Geoff's incredible flute, create a wonderful Mexi-Celt combination that defies description. This CD is also filled with lyrics that are either provacative, heart-warming, or just intriguingly strange (I refer to Water Dreams, sung by Geoff and apparently based on one of his nightmares). It was also a real pleasure to hear the beautiful and gifted Kendal Carson, their fiddle player, show off her vocal talents in Fall Down With You. If you are a Paperboys fan, this CD is a must have. If you're a first-time listener, it will hook you for good. Bravo!


CBC Gets It Right
I was listening to CBC one Suncay afternoon when "Comfort and Kind" was played. I did something I rarely do, I pulled over and made a note of the name of the song, album and artist and then set about tracking down the CD. After a challenging time locating the CD, I was rewarded with a treasure. The music has a beautiful contemporary Celtic sound with perfectly matched vocals and instrumentation. Comfort and Kind has been on my high rotation iTunes playlist since I added it and will stay there for some time to come.

Thanks for a wonderful work.

David Shipley

Seriously Dangerous CD!
After "Dilapidated Beauty", "Road to Ellenside" marks a return to a more traditional Celtic roots sound for the Paperboys but one that has been enriched by their experience with "Beauty". Why is this CD dangerous? Because if you know the Paperboys you will soon realise this CD is in serious danger of being the best they have ever released - and that is saying something! It will also be dangerous to your wallet because, once heard, you will cross mountains, valleys, floods and tempests to see this band wherever they play. Be ready to travel - even if they play at the ends of the earth, it will be worth the journey!
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