John Ellis
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Charlie Oxford – Charlie Oxford (Album Review)

My wife and I tend to have very disparate music tastes. For example, one of the prized records in my vinyl collection is Metallica’s Master of Puppets, a record that I don’t dare play around my wife because I’m afraid that as retribution she’ll play her Sara Barielles CD. And, then, out of spite, I’ll be forced to blare Mudhoney, and … well, you get the picture - we go to bed angry. So, for the sake of long car trips, which we love to take, and ultimately our marriage, we attempt to find music…See More
Mar 15
John Ellis posted a blog post

Charlie Oxford – Charlie Oxford (Album Review)

My wife and I tend to have very disparate music tastes. For example, one of the prized records in my vinyl collection is Metallica’s Master of Puppets, a record that I don’t dare play around my wife because I’m afraid that as retribution she’ll play her Sara Barielles CD. And, then, out of spite, I’ll be forced to blare Mudhoney, and … well, you get the picture - we go to bed angry. So, for the sake of long car trips, which we love to take, and ultimately our marriage, we attempt to find music…See More
Mar 11
John Ellis commented on John Ellis's blog post 'A Grunge Fan Turned Americana Fan'
"You're welcome, Milton. And, I agree. My family and I are eagerly awaiting the release of Dover Beach."
Mar 3
Milton Brasher-Cunningham commented on John Ellis's blog post 'A Grunge Fan Turned Americana Fan'
"Thanks for talking about Bill. He is one of the best there is."
Mar 3
2 blog posts by John Ellis were featured
Mar 1
John Ellis commented on John Ellis's blog post 'A Grunge Fan Turned Americana Fan'
"Thank you, although I'm not completely on "the other side." I still wear Doc Martin's with flannel shirts after all. Hopefully, if enough of us keep talking about him on sites like this one, he will begin to fly a little less…"
Feb 28
Daniel T commented on John Ellis's blog post 'A Grunge Fan Turned Americana Fan'
"Welcome to the other side Mr. Ellis  :)  I've been a big fan of Bill since his early VOL days and I have no idea why he's so far below the radar. I thought "Amber Waves" , 2012, was one of the best that year. With his…"
Feb 28
John Ellis posted a blog post

A Grunge Fan Turned Americana Fan

Americana/roots music was introduced to me through the talents of Bill Mallonee. A friend invited me and my wife to a Mallonee house show that he was hosting. As a theatre artist who operates somewhere within that vague category of experimental, I was familiar with performances in people’s living rooms. I wasn’t familiar with Bill Mallonee, however. The day of the house show/concert, I finally got around to Googling this unknown musician. My high school years took place during the early 90’s,…See More
Feb 26
John Ellis posted a blog post

The Fire Tonight – How Could Anyone Do This? (Album Review)

Good music isn’t hard to find if you’re willing to turn the radio off, unsubscribe from Rolling Stone, and instead spend some time perusing sights like Bearded Gentleman Music, No Depression, RiffRaf, and Noise Trade. Still, even with the plethora of blogs and webzines dedicated to promoting bands that are making music and not money, it’s nice to have friends who share their favorite indie bands with you. Like many local breweries that don’t have distribution outside of their area, there are…See More
Feb 5
A blog post by John Ellis was featured

Grace & Tony – November (Album Review)

I love folk-punk. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much success convincing my friends of the awesomeness of the genre. They politely listen to my proselytizing while they half-heartedly stifle their yawns as they question whether or not the free whiskey from my stash was worth the music lecture. I have succeeded in convincing only three of my friends to trade their Mumford & Son’s albums for the albums produced by the folk-punk gods The Men They Couldn’t Hang, which is beyond frustrating for…See More
Jan 23
Michael Cala commented on John Ellis's blog post 'Grace & Tony – November (Album Review)'
"The Asylum Mountain Gospel Choir does it for me -- a wild blend of folk, punk, blues, retrotech, and more. Their first album,  "Fighting and Onions," came to me for review a few years ago.  Blew me away in the manner that new…"
Jan 21
John Ellis posted a blog post

Grace & Tony – November (Album Review)

I love folk-punk. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much success convincing my friends of the awesomeness of the genre. They politely listen to my proselytizing while they half-heartedly stifle their yawns as they question whether or not the free whiskey from my stash was worth the music lecture. I have succeeded in convincing only three of my friends to trade their Mumford & Son’s albums for the albums produced by the folk-punk gods The Men They Couldn’t Hang, which is beyond frustrating for…See More
Jan 21
John Ellis commented on John Ellis's blog post 'My 8 yr. Old Daughter Reviews Grace & Tony'
"Thank you! She's excited about all the attention (which has caught us by surprise), and is happy to be helping her new favorite band."
Jan 14
Kyla Fairchild commented on John Ellis's blog post 'My 8 yr. Old Daughter Reviews Grace & Tony'
"Love the drawing!  This just might be the cutest thing that's ever been posted on the ND site. Sounds like you've got a little music fan and budding music blogger on your hands!"
Jan 14
John Ellis posted a blog post

My 8 yr. Old Daughter Reviews Grace & Tony

One of the best things about living in the DC area are The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage concerts - free concerts 365 days a year. Not only have we had the privilege of seeing some great acts, we've been able to introduce our children to live music. During the Grace & Tony concert, I noticed our eight year old daughter, Infinity, in between beaming from ear to ear and dancing in her seat, writing in her notebook. After the concert, I confirmed with her that she had been writing about…See More
Jan 13
John Ellis commented on No Depression's blog post 'ND Year-End Readers' Poll: What Are Your Ten Favorite Albums of 2013?'
"1. Preservation Hall Jazz Band, That's It 2. Phil Odgers, The Godforsaken Voyage 3. Bill Mallonee, Future Hymns For the New Idolatry 4. Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Good Light 5.. The Avett Bro's, Magpie and the Dandelion 6. Willie…"
Dec 4, 2013

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Charlie Oxford – Charlie Oxford (Album Review)

My wife and I tend to have very disparate music tastes. For example, one of the prized records in my vinyl collection is Metallica’s Master of Puppets, a record that I don’t dare play around my wife because I’m afraid that as retribution she’ll play her Sara Barielles CD. And, then, out of spite, I’ll be forced to blare Mudhoney, and … well, you get the picture - we go to bed angry. So, for the sake of long car trips, which we love to take, and ultimately our marriage, we…

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Posted on March 11, 2014 at 7:30am

A Grunge Fan Turned Americana Fan

Americana/roots music was introduced to me through the talents of Bill Mallonee. A friend invited me and my wife to a Mallonee house show that he was hosting. As a theatre artist who operates somewhere within that vague category of experimental, I was familiar with performances in people’s living rooms. I wasn’t familiar with Bill Mallonee, however. The day of the house show/concert, I finally got around to Googling this unknown musician. My high school years took place during the…

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Posted on February 26, 2014 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

The Fire Tonight – How Could Anyone Do This? (Album Review)

Good music isn’t hard to find if you’re willing to turn the radio off, unsubscribe from Rolling Stone, and instead spend some time perusing sights like Bearded Gentleman Music, No Depression, RiffRaf, and Noise Trade. Still, even with the plethora of blogs and webzines dedicated to promoting bands that are making music and not money, it’s nice to have friends who share their favorite indie bands with you. Like many local breweries that don’t have distribution outside of their area,…

Continue

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 7:00am

Grace & Tony – November (Album Review)

I love folk-punk. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much success convincing my friends of the awesomeness of the genre. They politely listen to my proselytizing while they half-heartedly stifle their yawns as they question whether or not the free whiskey from my stash was worth the music lecture. I have succeeded in convincing only three of my friends to trade their Mumford & Son’s albums for the albums produced by the folk-punk gods The Men They Couldn’t Hang, which is beyond…

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Posted on January 21, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

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