Tinsley Ellis to play in Crawford

Tinsley Ellis

Blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis will give a free performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, as part of The Mad Dog Summer Concert Series in Crawford.

Ellis' latest Alligator Records release, "Winning Hand," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. Since his first Alligator album 30 years ago, Ellis has established himself as a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. The Chicago Sun-Times says, "It's hard to overstate the raw power of his music."

Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos, Ellis, as his legions of fans will attest, is among the blues world's best loved, hardest working and most well-traveled statesmen.

Over the course of his career, Ellis has shared stages with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, The Allman Brothers, Leon Russell, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins and many others. Whether he's on stage with his own band or jamming with artists like Buddy Guy,

the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule or Widespread Panic, he always plays with grit, soul and

unbridled passion. Back home on Alligator Records with his new album and a massive live tour in the works, Tinsley Ellis is ready to prove again that whenever he picks up a guitar, he's playing with a winning hand.

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