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Ellis Paul

A troubadour, a singer/songwriter, a folky, and a storyteller -- all are fair labels for this artist, but they do not quite suffice. However, the tattoo of Woody Guthrie worn proudly on his arm is a good starting place from which to grasp Ellis Paul, for it is from the Woody Guthrie tradition that he hails, and Maine as well. Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and James Taylor are also listed among his influences, and their spirits seem to occasionally grace his work. With an acoustic guitar in hand, he weaves intimate, provocative, and romantic tales of lives that were obviously witnessed by a most-talented voyeur.

Based in Massachusetts, Paul has been called the quintessential Boston songwriter more than a few times and has garnered the recognition and awards to back up that claim, including a shelf full of Boston Music Awards. Since coming onto the scene in 1993 with his independent debut, Say Something, Paul hasn't slowed or weakened as a performer or a writer. Spending two-thirds of most years on the road has helped him perfect both crafts, with a lot of practice on-stage and a lot of people whose stories he retells in song. In fact, his 1994 album Stories proved enchanting enough to secure him a deal with Rounder Records and a national following of dedicated fans.

Over the years and albums, his songs have gotten more personal. He purposely turned the looking glass onto his own life for 1998's aptly titled Translucent Soul as he publicly worked through the pain of his divorce. Following hot on the heels of 1999's double-CD Live, the new millennium saw Paul's song "The World Ain't Slowing Down" featured in Me, Myself and Irene starring Jim Carrey. His eighth studio release, a collection of previously unreleased tracks called Sweet Mistakes, arrived in 2001, followed by Speed of Trees (2002), a two-disc career retrospective (2006), a children’s record inspired by the birth of his second daughter called The Dragonfly Races (2008), and, finally, an all-new studio album, The Day After Everything Changed, in January 2010. In 2012, Paul released his second children's record, The Hero in You, which featured songs about Benjamin Franklin, Georgia O' Keefe, Rosa Parks, and Thomas Edison, and other notable Americans that Paul deemed heroic. ~ Kelly McCartney
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Chasing Beauty

1. Never Want To Lose You

2. Wasted

3. Kick Out The Lights (Johnny Cash)

4. Drive In Movie

5. Waiting On A Break

6. UK Girl (Boston Calling)

7. Jimmie Angel's Flying Circus

8. Love Is A Curious Thing

9. Hold Me, Scold Me

10. Empire State

11. Chasing Beauty

12. Plastic Soldiers

13. Rose In A Cage

14. One Kiss Could Do Me In

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Track List: The Day After Everything Changed

1. Anna Lee

2. Rose Tattoo

3. River Road

4. The Day After Everything Changed

5. The Lights Of Vegas

6. Hurricane Angel

7. Heaven's Wherever You Are

8. Dragonfly

9. Sometime, Someplace

10. Once Upon A Summertime

11. Waking Up To Me

12. Walking After Midnight/Change

13. The Cotton's Burning

14. Paper Dolls

15. Nothing Left To Take

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Track List: A Summer Night In Georgia

1. Eddies Intro (Live)

2. Hurricane Angel (Live)

3. Banter (Live)

4. Maria's Beautiful Mess (Live)

5. Homer Story (Live)

6. Alice's Champagne Palace (Live)

7. Banter #2 (Live)

8. The World Ain't Slowin' Down (Live)

9. Banter #3 (Live)

10. 3000 Miles (Live)

11. Banter #4 (Live)

12. Waking Up To You (Live)

13. Banter #5 (Live)

14. Once Upon A Summertime (Live)

15. Banter #6 (Live)

16. Brant's Birthday Song (Live)

17. Angel In Manhattan Intro (Live)

18. Angel In Manhattan (Live)

19. Road Trip Intro (Live)

20. Road Trip (Live)

21. Blacktop Train (Live)

22. Calendar Man Intro (Live)

23. Calendar Man (Live)

24. Thanks To Eddie's (Live)

25. Take All The Sky You Need (Live)

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Track List: American Jukebox Fables

1. Blacktop Train

2. Kiss The Sun (A Song For Pat Tillman)

3. Take All The Sky You Need

4. Time

5. Goodbye Hollywood

6. Marc Chagall

7. Jukebox On My Grave

8. Home

9. Alice's Champagne Palace

10. She Was

11. Bad, Bad Blood

12. Mystified

13. Clarity

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Track List: The Speed of Trees

1. Maria's Beautiful Mess

2. Give In, Give Up

3. Eighteen

4. If You Break Down

5. The Ballad Of Chris McCandless

6. Sweet Mistakes

7. Words

8. Roll Away Bed

9. Breaking Through The Radio

10. When We Begin

11. God's Promise

12. The Speed Of Trees

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Track List: Sweet Mistakes

1. Kristian's Song

2. Sweet Mistakes

3. New Orleans

4. Seventeen Septembers

5. Independence Day

6. 3,000 Miles (Remix)

7. The Martyr's Lounge

8. Roll Away Bed

9. The Art Of Distance

10. Medicine

11. The 20th Century Is Over

12. Beautiful World

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Track List: Live

Disc 1

1. Introduction

2. Take Me Down (live)

3. Conversation With A Ghost

4. Look At The Wind Blow

5. Airplane Pilot Dead Head

6. Here She Is

7. Tornado Girl

8. Martyr's Lounge

9. Maria's Beautiful Mess

10. New York City Evening Out

11. Angel In Manhattan (live)

12. Intro: Mosh Pit

13. 3,000 Miles (live)

14. Did Galileo Pray? (live)

15. Last Call

Disc 2

1. Harmony

2. Conversation With A Ghost (live)

3. Seize The Day

4. Changing Your Name

5. When We Begin

6. All Things Being The Same

7. Autobiography Of A Pistol

8. Never Lived At All (live)

9. Love's Too Familiar A Word

10. Mrs. Jones

11. The World Ain't Slowin' Down

12. Weightless

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Track List: Am I Home

1. Angel

2. This Old Car

3. Fireflies

4. Am I Home

5. Poet Fool

6. Traffic

7. City Song

8. New Light On Your Halo

9. Town Crier

10. Friday Night

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Track List: Say Something

1. Conversation With A Ghost

2. Look At The Wind Blow

3. Just The Jester Fool

4. Angel

5. Thin Man

6. Washington D.C. 5/91

7. New Light On Your Halo

8. Friday Night

9. Blizzard

10. Jumpin' A Train

11. Say Something

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Track List: Urban Folk Songs

1. Ashes To Dust

2. Photograph

3. Urban Girl

4. Broke And Hungry

5. Clock

6. Father To Son

7. My Gold Mine

8. Jester Fool

9. Raven And Scarecrow

10. The Love Remains

11. Worn Out Pretention

12. Lonely Man

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Track List: Ellis Paul Essentials

Disc 1

1. Take Me Down

2. Eighteen

3. Paris In A Day

4. Home

5. If She's The One

6. Take All The Sky You Need

7. Maria's Beautiful Mess

8. The Only Way

9. Conversation With A Ghost

10. The World Ain't Slowin' Down

11. Angel In Manhattan

12. If You Break Down

13. Words

14. Snow In Austin Intro

15. Snow In Austin

16. Did Galileo Pray?

17. Jukebox On My Grave

Disc 2

1. Sweet Mistakes

2. 3,000 Miles

3. Blacktop Train

4. Seventeen Septembers

5. Autobiography Of A Pistol

6. The Martyr's Lounge

7. Midnight Strikes Too Soon

8. Alice's Champagne Palace

9. Roll Away Bed

10. All Things Being The Same

11. Deliver Me

12. Welcome Home To Maine

13. She Loves A Girl

14. She Was

15. The Speed Of Trees

16. God's Promise Intro

17. God's Promise (Live)

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...had to finish with a note that Pandora introduced me to a somg I never heard by Ellis Paul about a snowstorm in texas on xmas. Just am amazing mix of songs on a station i created a number of years ago. Deftones, Ellis Paul, Winger, Above & Beyond... All fit together seamlessly!
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Just hear "Jukebox On My Grave" and remembered how awesome it was to hear Ellis Paul live at Johnny D's in Somerville on New Year's over two decades ago? Funny thing is that another fav. musical group of mine (Deftones) were heard by me in winter a few days after Ellis... Think the club was called Mama Kin on Landsdowne St. (yes, i'm old). The song "Minus Blindfold" just played after "Jukebox" and it was a pretty cool follow-up! Now it is Bill Talent... My station has gotten outta hand, but I lo
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You never lived at all!..can't get anymore with the stories..Ell i s is a national gift, from Boston!..He has what Maxim Gorky would say ..Get a Character its very useful...hav e to catch up with him !..been a few years!
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took a friend to see him at higher ground and this man gives you the gift of his songs and you leave a better person for it. This was my fourth show and got to hang with Ellis all day before the Tupalo gig in New Hampshire. He truly is a great person and I call him my friend. He let me play his ten grand guitar named Guissness as well. Unforgettabl e !
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rakmeb10
Caught Ellis at a free concert at LL Bean 2 summers ago and was hooked. You must see his show to appreciate his true talent. Great musician, great entertainer, great human.
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Ellis' music is familiar, in a way that haunts you. His lyrics meet each of us in our lives either present day, or in days remembered. He has a tap into our souls, from which his music serves to drain off pain and bring about healing. Anyone who has ever been divorced, this music is an absolute must-have.
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I've been listening to him since 1995... i own all his CDs and have seen him as often as possible.... . h e ' s one in a million
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douglaskussi u s
Simply an amazing artist--Bett e r in concert than on cd and that is saying something! Makes you want to live life when you listen.
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Saw Ellis at a barn concert sometime in the 90's in Bethlehem NH. I was blown away by his performance and I have been listening since. I think I fell a little in love with him that night...
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"once upon a summertime". . beautiful melody...
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3000 Miles is the only song I've heard by Paul so far. Someone please tell me that the rest of his music is as melodic, well-written , and beautiful as this one. With 9 albums I can't imagine that this is a fluke.
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qtinnyc
My husband introduced me to Ellis Paul, and now, 4 Joes pub performances later, I am a huge fan. The best song writer working today!
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mgm.arts
such a fan. writing within a week of my last post. can't help it. paul is as strong in my mind and heart as my first love, john barron. (who drew me to boston...oth e r w i s e i would have never met paul in the first place!)you both inspire me to write. thank goodness for you!
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mgm.arts
What, no Dragonfly Races? Wow, he's rapping in Marc Chagall...bu t then, those years as a Social Worker influenced him back in the 90's too. Sounding good, Sir Paul.
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wow van morrison soul
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mgm.arts
my dad and i are fans. seems fitting since my dad funded my stay in boston in the late 80's. hope to host ellis and antje at my dream business (and indoor/outdo o r play space/event space and cafe for families next year...)
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It seems like he has a devout following. I am one since seeing him in the Boston subway and Nameless coffeehouse in the late 80's and still follow.
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Great singer/songw r i t e r . Have been a fan for several years.
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I have had the privilege of being an Ellis Paul fan for 15 years, and have seen him probably 20 times. He gets better and better like aged bourbon. Whether it's an autobiograph i c a l song, or a sudden explosion of spoken word, an Ellis Paul concert is unique each time. Ellis has fans in the US, Europe, and anywhere true music is appreciate when performed by a creative genius. He has a fondness for Girl Scout cookies when provided to him by one of his most devout fans (my 30 year old daughter and m

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