Ellis Paul w/ Kevin Milner
Time & Location
About The Event
A troubadour, a singer/songwriter, a folky, and a storyteller -- all are fair labels for this artist, but they do not
quite suffice. However, the tattoo of Woody Guthrie worn proudly on his arm is a good starting place from
which to grasp Ellis Paul, for it is from the Woody Guthrie tradition that he hails, and Maine as well. Joni
Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and James Taylor are also listed among his influences, and their spirits seem to
occasionally grace his work. With an acoustic guitar in hand, he weaves intimate, provocative, and romantic
tales of lives that were obviously witnessed by a most-talented voyeur.
Based in Massachusetts, Paul has been called the quintessential Boston songwriter more than a few times and
has garnered the recognition and awards to back up that claim, including a shelf full of Boston Music Awards.
Since coming onto the scene in 1993 with his independent debut, Say Something, Paul hasn't slowed or
weakened as a performer or a writer. Spending two-thirds of most years on the road has helped him perfect
both crafts, with a lot of practice on-stage and a lot of people whose stories he retells in song. In fact, his 1994
album Stories proved enchanting enough to secure him a deal with Rounder Records and a national following
of dedicated fans.
Over the years and albums, his songs have gotten more personal. He purposely turned the looking glass onto
his own life for 1998's aptly titled Translucent Soul as he publicly worked through the pain of his divorce.
Following hot on the heels of 1999's double-CD Live, the new millennium saw Paul's song "The World Ain't
Slowing Down" featured in Me, Myself and Irene starring Jim Carrey.
His eighth studio release, a collection of previously unreleased tracks called Sweet Mistakes, arrived in 2001,
followed by Speed of Trees (2002), a two-disc career retrospective (2006), a children’s record inspired by the
birth of his second daughter called The Dragonfly Races (2008), and, finally, an all-new studio album, The Day
After Everything Changed, in January 2010. In 2012, Paul released his second children's record, The Hero in
You, which featured songs about Benjamin Franklin, Georgia O' Keefe, Rosa Parks, and Thomas Edison, and
other notable Americans that Paul deemed heroic.
Chasing Beauty was released in 2014 and his 20th studio album, The Storyteller’s Suitcase, in 2019.
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