Saturday, December 13, 2008

Winter Wonderland: Snow in Austin

Ellis Paul: Snow in Austin intro

Ellis Paul: Snow in Austin


Ellis Paul has been a fixture on the folk and acoustic scene since the early 90's - I bought his debut CD, Say Something, because of the picture of his bare feet on the back cover of the CD booklet (yeah, I also cheer for sports teams for the color of their uniforms... and bet on horses for their creative names!).

Smart lyrics, smooth vocals, great sense of humor, interesting between-song stories - add to that tall, lanky, "sexy ugly" looks (anyone else seen Kissing Jessica Stein?), and it's a blue-ribbon recipe for success. Ellis maintains an intense touring schedule and has a rabid fan base that even a wife and two children haven't dampened - plus he's a strong proponent of the work of Woody Guthrie and has mainstream popularity with songs included in the films Me, Myself & Irene and Shallow Hal. I've had the pleasure of experiencing Ellis live a double-handful of times, from commercial venues to house concerts to festivals - he never disappoints...

Snow in Austin is the story of boy meets girl, boy and girl have a long distance relationship (she lives in Massachusetts, he in Texas), chances of girl moving south are as slim as the Red Sox winning the World Series... or snow falling in Austin - hmmm, maybe it's time to reconsider?

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