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Robert Ellis On Mountain Stage

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Robert Ellis appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. A country-influenced singer-songwriter from Houston, Ellis has released three albums — the latest of which, The Lights From The Chemical Plant, earned Ellis a handful of Americana Music Association award nominations.

While the sound of Lights ranges from country to jazz, fusion and R&B, Ellis' solo Mountain Stage performance captures the heart of his sound, reliant only on his voice and guitar. His set also features an impromptu cover — a spot-on retelling of Richard Thompson's "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" that Ellis decided to perform after sound check.

SET LIST
  • "Only Lies"
  • "Steady As The Rising Sun"
  • "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"
  • "Sing Along"
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