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WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Tamarack, Beckley
COST: FreeINFO: 888-262-7225 or www.facebook.com/jeffellismusic
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This week, Chapmanville native, South Charleston resident and prolific alt-country/Americana singer/songwriter Jeff Ellis released his sixth solo CD, "Learning How to Live." He'll perform at Tamarack in Beckley this Sunday as part of its free Sun...@Two concert series.
The gazz spoke with Ellis, now married with a young son, about life these days and how it has changed his songwriting.
Q: How was it playing the West Virginia Independent Music Festival last Saturday?
A: [Founder] Daniel Johnson does a wonderful job with the WVIMF. Anything he puts together you know is going to be professional. Everything from the sound to the vendors is top notch, and he really does a great job keeping it all running smoothly. Last year's lineup was amazing and I didn't know if he could top it, but this year's was just as good without recycling a lot of the same bands.
Speaking of the bands, seeing Jon Lancaster and company perform is always a treat for me. I also really enjoyed Tim Browning and the Widowmakers' set. I'm looking forward to hearing their debut album.
The rain kept a few people away this year, which was unfortunate, but those who braved the weather got a full day of some of West Virginia's finest music, as well as some delicious food from Black Circle Bistro and Rock City Cake Co. Plus, the event was free to the public! You just can't beat that.
Q: Have your relatively new responsibilities as a father and a husband affected how you write?
A: Being a husband and a father is a lot of work, but there is nothing quite as fulfilling or rewarding in my book. It's definitely forced me to grow up a lot in a short amount of time, and I think that growth reflects in the newer material.