· BRETT ELLIS - REDEMPTION AT THE MOJO CIRCUS (GYR121) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. MY OWN WAY
02. KEEPING THE ROCK ALIVE
03. COMPLAIN
04. NINE TONS OF SOUL
05. FREIGHT TRAIN
06. AS MUCH AS THE BLUES
07. FURTHEST IN THE SKY
08. PIECEMAKER
09. LIKE A MAN
10. BLUES IS EVERYTHING


FORMAT: Audio CD / Wallet
GYR121 - $14.99

Phenomenal 11th studio disc by this bad-ass, killer axeripper from San Diego, California featuring 10 tracks (65 mins.) of mega-awesome, brain-damaging, powerful, over-the-top, blues-based, retro-70s, heavy guitar power trio rock mojo of monumental proportions. Brett Ellis is an amazing, prolific guitarist with astonishing string bending capabilities, a true Stratmaster Guitar Hero who gets down hard with super-human improvisational blues/rock fury from start to finish on the epic "Redemption At The Mojo Circus" disc. As an added way-kool bonus, Riffmaster Ellis has created & included a mega-killer Grooveyard Records "theme" song called "Keeping The Rock Alive" which lands down perfectly as our ultimate musical anthem for Guitar Rock World Domination.

An exceptional plus essential heavy guitar riff:monster that is Highly recommended to fans of Jimi Hendrix, Frank Marino, Robin Trower, Uli Jon Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Bonamassa, Eric Gales, Lance Lopez, Vince Hawkins, Jay Jesse Johnson and all other similar world-class "old-school" axemasters who rule and reign supreme. Serious Guitar Rock music is our Religion @ Grooveyard Records and Brett Ellis is our sanctified new Six String Saint who will save our musical souls, deliver us from evil and help us all find our righteous "Redemption At The Mojo Circus".


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01. MY OWN WAY
02. KEEPING THE ROCK ALIVE
03. COMPLAIN
04. NINE TONS OF SOUL
05. FREIGHT TRAIN
06. AS MUCH AS THE BLUES
07. FURTHEST IN THE SKY
08. PIECEMAKER
09. LIKE A MAN
10. BLUES IS EVERYTHING

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BRETT ELLIS - "Keeping The Rock Alive"

 

 

· reviews ·

Hailing from San Diego, CA, Brett Ellis gives us his 11th recording – Redemption at the Mojo Circus. Brett has been part of the CA music scene since the ’80s and was originally a rock player who has worked hard to craft a style of blues rock that is uniquely his own. He combines rock rhythms over a blues format and throws in rapid fire bebop jazz influenced guitar solos that are atypical for the blues.

The first three tracks on the album roar out of the gate. “My Own Way” starts things out and “Keeping The Rock Alive,” which is a basically Grooveyard Records Mission statement put to music are sure to satisfy your need to rock. “Complain” has spoken word sections combined with the chorus section to give the song a Henry Rollins “Liar” vibe just at a much faster tempo.

Things slow down a bit for “Nine Tons of Soul” at least for the first minute of the song. After that we are back to rocking it out. Brett is correct when he says “You all can steal licks, and if you could you wouldn’t sound like me.” His solos are so rapid fire and harmonically unpredictable because of the alternative scales that he utilizes which gives him a unique sound that is all his own. Things get a little confused with the almost 12 minute “Freight Train,” which starts out with three minutes of guitar shredding soloing that doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the song. While it showcases his pyrotechnic fret board skills it thankfully just sort of fades away to a quite excellent acoustic blues line that is the basis for the rest of obvious double entendre filled jam.

Then things get really interesting with the sensitive “As Much as The Blues,” which is where Brett’s slow blues chops really shine. This is followed with the growling “Furthest In The Sky,” which is a rolling dark, brooding bass filled ride. “Peacemaker” is a good blues and “Like A Man” with its didgeridoo filled opening fill the remainer of the time until we get to the excellent “Blues is Everything” to close the album out.

Brett Ellis uses his unique guitar skills mastered over his career to combine the skills of a guitar shredder with jazz influenced harmonic lines over basic blues forms to deliver a distinctive blues rock sound. If you’re a fan of the guitar shredders of the late ’80s and ’90s but want something slightly different yet contained in a blues experience then Redemption at the Mojo Circus is going to be the right choice for you.

The Review: 8/10

Can’t Miss Tracks
- My Own Way
- As Much As The Blues
- Further in The Sky
- Blues is Everything

The Big Hit

- As Much As The Blues

Kevin O’Rourke - Blues Rock Review (July 2014)
 


Bluesman/Six string axe-slinger from San Diego, California Brett Ellis returns with his latest release, 'Redemption At The Mojo Circus', his eleventh studio recording. He is joined by the tight rhythm section of Rick Nash on bass and Calvin Lakin on drums. The album blasts off the starting line and doesn't let up until the album concludes. Starting off with two heavy hitters , "My Own Way" and "Keeping The Rock Alive". Every track on this album packs such a strong visceral punch, you really don't know how it can get any better. And then Brett Ellis unleashes the eleven minute plus rattlesnake, "Freight Train". High points on this album are the front and back cover, and everything in between! There isn't a week spot on the whole album. Other highlights include, "Nine Tons Of Soul", " As Much As The Blues", "Blues Is Everything" (featuring Ben Moore on the Hammond B3) and "Like A Man" (featuring Keith Anderson on Didjeridu). This is straight up smoking hot blues rock. Not just blues rock, but mean in your face blues rock that packs some serious mojo! Brett Ellis's guitar work on 'Redemption At The Mojo Circus' takes the back seat to no player. When you hit the 4 minute mark of any song on this album, your hair will light on fire and your senses will melt as Brett's fretwork on his Stratocaster explodes into incendiary brilliance. Be careful if you play it in your car. Hide the children if you crank it up at home. Brett Ellis, when it's all said and done, will have a chair at the table of the masters and that smile in your soul is a testament to his excellence. Great music should be shared with the rest of the world and 'Redemption At The Mojo Circus' by Brett Ellis definitely fits into that category. Music of this caliber needs to be heard! This album is an expression of a true Blues rock axe-slinger, and I believe this is a album that will be influential to a new generation of blues rock musicians. Give 'Redemption At The Mojo Circus' by Brett Ellis a listen just once and you'll be coming back for more! - Highly Recommended

TONY CRUZ SISON - THE DEDICATED ROCKER SOCIETY / ALL ACCESS MAGAZINE (June 2014)
 


If Johnny Winter and Joe Satriani had some kind of love-child, who then had to spend years at the same daycare center as baby Yngwie Malmsteen, you might get a sense of where Ellis is coming from. With the taste and chops of Winter and Satriani, respectively, and the speed and metal sensibility of Malmsteen, he is a force to be reckoned with. His slow blues fests are especially inspiring (and inspired). 'Freight train,' in fact, is a delightful reincarnation of Johnny Winter's live version of 'Sweet Papa John,' and the new version smokes! Ellis is no side show in this guitar circus -- he is front and center, where he belongs!

Steve Rosen - Author (May 2014)
 



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