Robert Ellis’ “Photographs” accents timeless folk (“Friends Like Those”) with buoyant country (“Comin’ Home”) and smooth soul (“What’s In It for Me?”). The San Marcos resident and his band take their potent mix on the road with Willie Nelson next month. “We’re all beside ourselves we’re so super excited,” he says. “That’s tangible to our families, too. If I tell my mom we’re opening for Willie Nelson, it’s kind of like, `Whoa, you’re actually doing something!’” Ellis performs Wednesday and next week at Stubb’s indoors.
American-Statesman: Explain the way you designed “Photographs.”
Robert Ellis: It’s meant to be a concept album. The A-side is songs that I’ve had for a couple years that are more folky (like) my own style. The idea for the B-side came primarily from playing classic country “Whiskey Wednesday” gigs and doing three sets of Ray Price and Merle Haggard and Lefty Frizzell tunes and having a rowdy dance party. I’ll primarily be doing those songs (at the Stubb’s shows).
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