Thursday, April 24, 2014
Americana Troubadour, Matt Ellis, Returns to Texas Fresh from the Studio
Matt Ellis has just completed mixing his new album at WaveLab studios in Tucson, Az, and is showcasing the new material on a return trip to Texas, May 2nd & 3rd.
Ellis and his band takeover Austin's Frank with The Happen-Ins on Friday May 2nd, bringing with them a stack of new tracks that will be released this Summer. The show is FREE and coincides with the Frank Public Art event for the month of May. From Austin, the band head South to join the line up at The Texas Crawfish Music Festival for the second year running. The band performs at 2pm, Saturday May 3rd, alongside Shakey Graves, Heartless Bastards, Ben Kweller and more.
Last December, Matt and his band headed East to Tucson, returning to WaveLab studios, where his last two releases (Births, Deaths & Marriages & Candy/Dangers Of The Night) were mixed. The core band of Matt, Josh Norton (Lead Guitar), Grant Fitzpatrick (Bass) and Fern Sanchez (Drums) set up for 4 days, recording 13 new compositions live with Chris Shultz and Craig Schumacher (Neko Case, Calexico, The Jayhawks) engineering and mixing.
Back in LA, Tim Walker added his pedal steel parts, while Ellis teamed up with multi instrumentalist/engineer Nick Luca (Calexico, Iron & Wine, John Doe), adding keys, vocals and additional guitars throughout winter.
The result is a bigger, tougher sound from Ellis, often taking the listener on a cinematic journey drenched in pedal steel, reverbed roots guitars and Matt's trademark, smoky yet powerful vocals.
Matt plans to release several singles over the coming months, in anticipation of an album release in Summer. Look out for teaser videos coming soon over at www.mattellis.com along with more info on the release.