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Tinsley Ellis
Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave., Woodland Park
Friday, May 24, 9 p.m.

Tinsley Ellis is one of the great guit-artisans -- he captures all of the heat, swamp and mystery of the "Southern Rock" genre with each muggy guitar chord. Reaching further into the Louisiana backwaters than the common Texas roots of most blues rock, Ellis' music integrates elements of funk, soul and Memphis blues without sounding trite or flat. His modern blending instead walks a thin line between elegant, well-schooled professional proficiency and uninhibited, reckless musical abandon.

Ellis still rocks the long, jagged guitar riffs and solos that mark the wayward leanings of his blues rock, but he does so with such skill that even blues purists can forgive him and metal heads can embrace him.

Ellis appears at Tres Hombres Friday night. Tickets are $10. Call 687-0625.

-- Kristen Sherwood

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