Tinsley Ellis

with Special Guest JL Fulks

at The Kelsey Theater

February 14, 2020 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Time: 8:00pm     Day: Friday     Doors: 7:00pm     Ages: All Ages / Bar with ID     Price: $15 - $35
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Join us Friday, February 14, with Tinsley Ellis and a night of Valentine bluesTinsley Ellis is an American blues and rock musician, who grew up in southern Florida. We are honored to have him return to the Kelsey stage for the third year in a row. Special guest JL Fulks will be opening the show. Doors at 7 PM, show starts at 8 PM. All ages show, bar with ID. Tickets are $15-$35 reserved seating (plus taxes & fees), prices increase day of show. You are now able to pick your individual seats, just click "View Seat Map" on the ticket page. 


Tinsley Ellis is an American blues and rock musician, who grew up in southern Florida.

His love for electric blues grew by listening to British Invasion bands such as the Yardbirds, the Animals, Cream, and the Rolling Stones. Inspired by a live appearance by B.B. King, he was determined to become a blues guitarist. In 1975, he played with the Haygood Band while attending Emory near Atlanta. Two years later, already an accomplished musician, he returned to Atlanta and joined his first professional blues band, the Alley Cats, a group that included Preston Hubbard of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Ellis graduated from Emory University in 1979 with a degree in history. In 1981 he formed the Heartfixers, with the singer and harmonica player Chicago Bob Nelson. The group recorded three albums for the small Landslide record label, one with the singer, Nappy Brown before breaking up in 1988. In 1988 Ellis signed a recording contract with Chicago's Alligator Records. According to Billboard, "nobody has released more consistently excellent blues albums than Atlanta's Tinsley Ellis. He sings like a man possessed and wields a mean lead guitar."

His debut solo album on Alligator Records, Georgia Blue, was released in 1988. Alligator then reissued two of his earlier CDs, Cool On It and Tore Up (featuring Nappy Brown). Ellis' next four releases were Fanning the Flames (1989), Trouble Time (1992), Storm Warning (1994), and Fire It Up (1997). Artists including Peter Buck (of R.E.M.) Derek Trucks and Chuck Leavell joined him in the studio. He worked with record producers, Eddy Offord and Tom Dowd.