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Kelly and Ellis

November 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Kelly and Ellis
Doors 6:45
Show 7:30
Tickets $15

Kelly and Ellis


Grammy-nominated country-and-pop duo return with lush, guitar-rich arrangements Before recording The Long Road to You, Casey Kelly and Leslie Ellis’ debut as Kelly & Ellis, the
husband-and-wife duo had each scored a stream of accomplishments, including country hits, a
showstopper from the musical CATS, and a contribution to the Academy Award-winning film “Titanic.”
Together, they revisit these triumphs. “The Cowboy Song” George Strait’s signature hit penned by
Kelly, is recast as a forlorn waltz borne on Kelly’s ringing cantina guitar and Ellis’ warm harmonies.
“Anyone Who Isn’t Me Tonight,” Kelly’s Grammy-nominated number one for Kenny Rogers and Dottie
West, rides scampering acoustics as Kelly’s declaration of love receives playful pinpricks from Ellis’
saucy interjections.
“Memory,” Ellis’ breakout number from her Broadway days, gets an Americana makeover with coiling
guitars that merge front porch picking with delicate arpeggios. A revamping of Ellis and Celine Dion’s
Grammy-and-Oscar-winning “My Heart Will Go On,” adds winding acoustics to sumptuous
The pair also turns voice and guitars to new tunes. “Who Am I to Judge” wraps a plea for tolerance in the twanging clangor of slipknot-picked guitars. Alliterative wordplay joins percussive Spanish- flavored guitar to propel “I Just Don’t Understand It.” “An Ordinary Day” jaunts along on jostling acoustics and waves of vibrato. The Long Road to You wraps Kelly & Ellis’ journey—a tuneful autobiography, a slice of music history and a vision of their future—in lush, guitar-rich arrangements. Were lucky to go along for the ride.

“Love it – more from this act please”
– Robert MacMillan, Nevis Radio, UK
“Really nice sound”
– Stewart Fenwick, Celtic Music Radio, UK
“[Tennessee Whiskey is a] Stunning track
– why this is not being played all over the USA is
unbelievable!” – Stuart Cameron, East Coast FM, UK
“New to me but I love what I hear”
– Craig Parry, Phoenix Radio, UK
“Thanks Hotdisc for introducing me to this excellent act”
– John Andersen, Radio Maelkebotten,Denmark
“Lovely on the ear, great song craft and the soft vocals are a pure delight” – Adrian Clark, Country
Music Routes Internet Blog, Europe
“I really love the vocal here. Will investigate these more.” – Marie Crichton, BBC Radio Shropshire, UK
“This is excellent” – Rene Hoffman, Country Radio, Switzerland
“The first song “An Ordinary Day” caught my attention right off the bat, with how remarkably
beautiful Leslie’s voice is. Leslie’s tone and timber hit me in the same way that Karen Carpenter’s did
way back when I heard her coming out of my car radio. Fabric from the same cloth, yet Leslie’s voice
is totally unique with a maturity that only happens when a singer has spent a life time honing and shaping their craft.
‘Casey’s voice has also matured greatly. Those of us who grew up around Casey professionally as a
songwriter and performer back in the early 1970’s, will find Casey has found his voice in a new and
different way. Singing in a lower register that, not only compliments him as a singer, but also when
the two of them sing together, creates an incredible blend inside their harmonies.” – Jimmy Messina,
Grammy® Winning Songwriter and Producer
“They’re fun, beautiful, heartbreaking and so much more wrapped up into a collision of genres
(classic rock, Celtic, New Orleans R&B, contemporary pop, Broadway) from their careers. The Long
Road to You is about their journey to find each other, to find their place; for the listeners, we finally
found them.” – Brenda Hillegas, Emore Magazine

“In addition to the craft and skill on display here, I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that Leslie
Ellis’ voice is easily one of my favorite musical instruments in…proving that artful songwriting and
musical talent is always a recipe for success.” – Randy Slovacek, The Randy Report

“The Long Road to You wraps Kelly&Ellis’ journey – a tuneful autobiography, a slice of music history
and a vision of their future – in lush, guitar-rich arrangements. We’re lucky to go along for the ride.” –
Acoustic Guitar Magazine
“Audiences might have come to see Casey sing the hits he’d co-written for folks like Tanya Tucker
(Grammy nominated “Soon”), Kenny Rogers (Grammy nominated “Anyone Who Isn’t Me Tonight”) and
George Strait (his signature song “The Cowboy Rides Away”), but they often were charmed by his
casual recollections (delivered in an almost Jimmy Stewart-like cadence) from his NYC Tin Pan Alley
days to his California affiliations–with the likes of Loggins & Messina, the Nitty, Gritty Dirt Band, John
Sebastian, Poco and Jackson Browne, to name a few. [Ellis’] wit, emotive vocal control and songs are
completely disarming. An acoustic act, thoughtfully and tastefully presented, but refreshingly new.
Think of the music as thoughtful-meets-electrifying. I dare say it’s quite possible they’re Nashville’s
most endearing onstage duo. Some of the best new material to come out of Nashville” – Peter
Rodman, The Peter Rodman Blog/KRNW Radio in Boulder, CO
“[Ellis’] singing, always vibrant, is haunting” – William A. Henry III, Time Magazine
“Kelly&Ellis are one of those rare and wonderful unions in life, and what that does for their music
and the listener is palpably wondrous. You’ll hear and feel it for yourself when you indulge in this
milestone CD, aptly titled The Long Road to You. This collection of songs is truly wonderful,
beautifully sequenced and charmingly eclectic. There’s a real purity about it. No big production. Just great performances, superb musicianship and terrific tunes. It’s honest, fun and
personal; the kind of thing that makes you feel that they’re right there in the room with you. I wish they were.” – Scotty Brink, Former Program Manager, WRKO Radio, Boston, MA
“…Leslie Ellis fills the room and stops listeners’ hearts for a moment” – The Hartford Courant


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