#225 – Tinsley Ellis – Tough Love

Georgia bluesman Tinsley Ellis has carved out a name for himself in the last 25-30 years as a searing guitarist and expressive vocalist.  His live shows have hit all 50 states, and he still plays around 150 gigs a year.  His latest offering, Tough Love, is arguably his finest to date (read our review here), veering from shuffling blues, soulful ballads and psychedelic rock.  We talk with Ellis about several “firsts” on his new record, running his own label, and his unique writing process.