Robert Ellis, Hayes Carll Honored by American Songwriter Magazine

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"Ellis's first New West release, Photographs, propelled him out on the road with acts like the Old 97s. Ellis was recently recognized at the Houston Press Music Awards where he took home Best Country, Best Songwriter, and Musician of the Year honors.

Ellis, who has been out opening some shows for John Doe, couldn't be reached for comment, but label honcho George Fontaine, who had only heard about Ellis's honor ten minutes earlier, told Rocks Off that "Friends Like These" was one of his favorite songs since he first heard it over a year ago as a demo."

Read the full article at Houston Press Blogs