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The Guitar Sanctuary is proud to present a special concert with Blues Guitarist Tinsley Ellis on Friday April 6th at 8pm (doors open at 7) at The Sanctuary Music & Events.
VIP Tables with seating for 4 directly in front of the stage at $150 per table.
Reserved Seats downstairs (first come, first served) are $25.
General Admission (Standing Room Only) on the balcony Tickets are just $10.
We will have food and bar service available from our friends at Sterling Events and Catering.
Born in Atlanta in 1957, Tinsley first played guitar at age eight and found the blues through the back door of British Invasion bands like The Yardbirds, The Animals, Cream, and The Rolling Stones. He especially loved the Kings — Freddie, B.B. and Albert — and spent hours immersing himself into their music. His love for the blues solidified when he was 14. At a B.B. King performance, Tinsley sat mesmerized in the front row. When B.B. broke a string on Lucille, he changed it without missing a beat, and handed the broken string to Ellis. After the show, B.B. came out and talked with fans, further impressing Tinsley with his warmth and down-to-earth attitude. By now Tinsley’s fate was sealed; he had to become a blues guitarist. And yes, he still has that string.
An accomplished teenaged musician, Ellis joined the Alley Cats, a gritty Atlanta blues band boasting a classic blues and soul repertoire. In 1981, Tinsley formed The Heartfixers with veteran blues singer and harpist Chicago Bob Nelson, a group that would become Atlanta’s top-drawing blues band. Upon hearing LIVE AT THE MOONSHADOW (Landslide), the band’s second release, The Washington Post declared, “Tinsley Ellis is a legitimate guitar hero.” After cutting two more Heartfixers albums for Landslide–COOL ON IT (featuring Tinsley’s vocal debut) and TORE UP (with vocals by blues shouter Nappy Brown)–Ellis signed with Alligator Records for his solo debut, GEORGIA BLUE, an album that immediately garnered impressive notices. “It’s hard to overstate the raw power of his music,” raved The Chicago Sun-Times. Before long, Alligator arranged to reissue COOL ON IT and TORE UP, thus exposing Tinsley’s blistering earlier music to a growing fan base.
Since first hitting the national scene with GEORGIA BLUE in 1988, Ellis has toured non-stop and continues to release one critically acclaimed album after another. Tinsley’s hometown paper, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, called his music “a potent, amazing trip through electric blues-rock.” Atlanta Magazine declared Ellis “the most significant blues artist to emerge from Atlanta since Blind Willie McTell.”