We have a weird chronology going with Episode 64 of Love That Album.
Great friend of the show, Dave Mclemore and I discuss the 2014 album by Houston-bred, Nashville-based singer songwriter Robert Ellis, “The Lights From the Chemical Plant”. It was supposed to be a companion discussion to episode 61’s chat about Richard & Linda Thompson’s “Shoot Out The Lights” but technical issues prevented Dave from joining that show so I saved it for later. When we DID record, it was simultaneous to Eric and Tim recording episode 62…which obviously got released first. Then I did episode 63 by myself. Does any of this this make sense? Do you care?
Anyway, Dave and I had a terrific discussion about Robert Ellis and his subject matter of infidelity, being babysat by the TV, drowning sorrows in wine and cocaine, and life on the road – standard song writing subject matter. There are comparisons abound with song writing greats like Paul Simon, Randy Newman and Bruce Springsteen. Tune in and find out why this album is worthy of your attention. It was an absolute pleasure having Davey Mac back on the show. A true gent.
NOTE: For any Melbourne based LTA listeners, Robert Ellis is appearing at a new Americana Festival called Out On The Weekend along with a bunch of other talented singer songwriters like Justin Townes Earle on October 18 at Seaworks in Williamstown.
Eric Peterson (aka Reanimator) returns for another Album I Love segment to talk about Californian band, Thin White Rope and their record “In The Spanish Cave” from 1988. See how they fit in between punk and alt-country.
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