· ULRICH ELLISON - DREAMING IN THE HOUSE OF BLUES (GYR158) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. AMERICA
02. TEN FEET TALL
03. RIVER OF LIFE
04. RUNNING ON EMPTY
05. I HAD A DREAM
06. ROLLIN' AND TUMBLIN'
07. FEELING LIKE A RICH MAN
08. LOOKING FOR LOVE
09. I'M DOWN
10. WALLFLOWER
11. MESSIN' AROUND
12. SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD
13. WAY DOWN ON THE GROUND
14. CHASING DOWN YOUR DREAM
15. SLEEPLESS
16. MY MARYANN
17. WAITING FOR A BETTER DAY
18. JUST YOU


FORMAT: Audio CD / 4 PANEL WALLET
GYR158 - $13.99

Outstanding studio disc by this awesome blues/rock guitarist from Austin, Texas that defines true guitar rock excellence. Includes 18 tracks (79 Minutes) of superb, top-shelf, blues-based, soul-powered, dynamic heavy guitar music that lands impressive with endless amounts of sophisticated six string style, class and substance. Ulrich Ellison, originally from Austria, is a world-class, legit, talented guitarist who speaks the same musical language as the guitar hero greats. Complete with strong songwriting skills, soulful & melodic vocals, organic "old school" guitar tones and a 1st rate retro sonic production, the Ulrich Ellison - "Dreaming In The House Of Blues" disc stands tall and is Highly Recommended to world wide fans of Warren Haynes, Joe Bonamassa, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Johnson, Robin Trower, David Gilmour & Eric Clapton.


MP3 Sample Clips

01. AMERICA
02. TEN FEET TALL
03. RIVER OF LIFE
04. RUNNING ON EMPTY
05. I HAD A DREAM
06. ROLLIN' AND TUMBLIN'
07. FEELING LIKE A RICH MAN
08. LOOKING FOR LOVE
09. I'M DOWN
10. WALLFLOWER
11. MESSIN' AROUND
12. SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD
13. WAY DOWN ON THE GROUND
14. CHASING DOWN YOUR DREAM
15. SLEEPLESS
16. MY MARYANN
17. WAITING FOR A BETTER DAY
18. JUST YOU

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· reviews ·

Ulrich Ellison is an award-winning, Austin-based singer, songwriter and guitarist with a flair for electric blues and bad-ass playing (hence the title "Dreaming in the House of Blues"). Though born in Austria and a student of classical piano and jazz, the 37-year old musician found his way to Texas and became indoctrinated into soul, blues, rock and pop playing with a myriad of high profile musicians including soul singer Nakia and Grammy-nominated singer Abra Moore. His three-piece, The Ulrich Ellison Trio has won numerous awards and is a favorite among the Austin nightlife crowd. As a solo record, Dreaming in the House of Blues finds the guitarist playing with a host of musicians and friends that capture the cosmic vibe of the likes of Robin Trower, Joe Bonamassa, or Doyle Bramhall II. Lead track "America" is a dirty chunk of savage playing fueled by a gut reaction to the current political circus. The video is hilarious while showcasing Ulrich Ellison (and Tribe) in top form.

The disc boasts 19 tracks (79 minutes) of snarling, untamed and fiercely played rock and roll while still holding the listener with soulful vocals and seductive, groove-filled melodies. A treasure trove of hard hitters includes the ballsy "Ten Feet Tall" complete with organic keyboards and echoed feedback, the blistering Muddy Waters cover "Rollin’ and Tumblin’" and scorching "I’m Down". Ellison lyrically bites with "Wallflower" and "Running on Empty" with plenty of emotion tied in the chorus. Yet it’s the visceral blues of "Messin’ Around", the Nugent-like sting of "Way Down on the Ground" and the smooth grinder ‘Just You’ (instrumental) that pack the greatest punch. Among Ellison’s more catchy compositions is "Waiting for a Better Day" and "Feeling like a Rich Man" where elements of jazz and smooth, groovy rock are spiced with piercing guitar. Hidden nuggets "My Maryann" with its radiant banjo and the organ-drenched "Sleepless" are just as notable as the louder guitar-center pieces. It’s as if the disc was designed to play like a ‘70s radio station featuring the multitalented Ulrich Ellison. He covers all bases perfectly.

Todd K. Smith / The Electric Beard (October 2017)
 


Having been the Ulrich Ellison Trio, then the Ulrich Ellison Tribe, the Austrian blues guitarist has decided to simply go out under his own name as he starts "Dreaming In The House Of Blues". Whatever those dreams contain, Ellison is a man who can capture his nighttime thoughts and weave them into a beautifully crafted, but modern blues rock album that reminds of the greats while more than competing with the current crop.

If you could imagine the more rocked up, dare I say commercial, side of Joe Bonamassa and infuse it with the more bluesy feel Joe Satriani employs in the laid back moments of Chickenfoot, then you wouldn't be a million miles from the remarkably fluid motion of Ellison as he works the frets. Although, the touch of Hendrix or Trower are never all that far away. Vocally there's also a slight comparison with Satch, although in this case we have a sublimely singing guitarist, rather than a guitarist who happens to sometimes reach for the mic. What sets this bluesman aside however, is his willingness to welcome keyboards into his sound without it ever feeling like a compromise. Instead these contributions, split between Jan Fleming, Darrell Commander and Ellison himself across the album, lock in tight with guitar playing which fuels up the superb "Running On Empty", and pays its dues on "Feeling Like A Rich Man"; the pair of songs starkly different but beautifully linked by a clear love of the blues. Something Ellison and his band bring to each and every one of the 18 tracks (79 minutes, no less!) featured. The latter is a laid back funk filled filibuster, all about mood, atmosphere and, of course, some scintillating moves on the guitar. Whereas the former is a smoother, slicker, more vocal led track that still knows how to hit hard.

That, however, doesn't cover the half of it, Ulrich's good lady wife, Sabine, giving an expert showing on bass and providing some serious backing vocals, while rock solid drum and percussion work lands mightily from both Joel Duhon and Michael Anthony Davila. This gaggle of master blaster bluesmen and women just as comfortable revelling in the upbeat surge of "I'm Down", the traditional blues with a current glint of "Wallflower" or gently funky pop and plunder (listen to those Stevie Wonder like keyboards!) of "Sitting On Top Of The World". Impressively in a genre known for them, there's only one cover version, the Muddy Waters classic "Rollin' And Tumblin" metamorphosed into something that a merger of Hendrix and ZZ Top might be proud to call their own, the tribal drums and call and response vocal-guitar trade offs simply intoxicating.

It's impossible to name-check every song on an album so long and where the sublime standard simply never drops, but all you really need to know is that "Dreaming In The House Of Blues" is the sort of collection of songs that you just can't tire of listening to again and again. In a genre almost fit to bursting with guitarists and composers desperately trying to be the next big thing, Ulrich Ellison isn't worried about any of that hyperbolic nonsense. Instead busying himself with making his dreams come true and delivering one of 2017 most accomplished albums in the process.

Steven Reid /Sea Of Tranquility (August 2017)
 


Ulrich Ellison may have originated in Austria, but his strings were purchased in the Delta. We’re talking about some serious six-string Texas drawl, the kind that SRV heard in his most inspired dreams. "Dreaming In The House Of Blues" showcases Ellison's talents in a unique way, with originals and a cover that will make your jaw drop. Especially noteworthy is his take on "Rollin’ and Tumblin'", where he reinvents Cream, Clapton, and even Johnny Winter, and whips them into a high potency blues-rock delight...nutritious and delicious! Seventeen other excellent original tracks cement the deal...there’s a new guitar slinger in town, and if you love the instrument and what it can do in the right hands, this is the disc for you. Top-notch guitarists move over, your more talented musical brother just arrived, and he’s gonna put you to shame. This is a must hear blues/rock guitar disc!

Steven J. Rosen / Author + Journalist (July 2017)
 


Austin, Texas by way of Austria guitar phenom, Ulrich Ellison walks tall in the blues tradition with his latest release, 'Dreaming In The House Of Blues', jettisoning fiery blues riffs with a hard-rock sensibility, and a soulful vocal delivery. Ellison has a talent for making his guitar communicate on a vibrational level that reverberates the blues. One of the album's best characteristics is the way the blistering riffs are executed, in that you can get the pleasure listening to Ulrich's skillful improvisations. For me, the key to this awesome 18 song set is the quality of music, it's blues but it's more than that, it is simply great music by one amazing musician. The production throughout is clear, the band backing Ellison are a solid unit blending perfectly together. As wonderfully revealed in tracks like: "Ten Feet Tall" "Running On Empty", "I Had A Dream", "Feeling Like A Rich Man" and "Sleepless". There are no weak tracks or fillers. The balance between up tempo numbers and slower material is excellently balanced, making for a listening experience that just leaves you wanting to hit the repeat button again and again. The bottom line here is, 'Dreaming In The House Of Blues' is an album absolutely packed full of gutsy electric blues classics and will impress even the most sceptical hard blues fan. Absolutely outstanding. Highly Recommended.

Tony Sison / The Dedicated Rocker Society (July 2017)
 


Ulrich Ellison is an Austin-TX resident singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer. He is also the frontman and founder of Ulrich Ellison & Tribe, a band that won the Music Award in Austin in 2015 as Best Funk/Soul/Blues live band.

Ellison was born in Graz, Austria. He studied classical piano at the Johann Josef Fux Conservatory and became a guitarist after his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. After landslides in his country, Ellison left 2007 with a Fulbright Exchange Study Exhibition for the States, where he studied jazz guitar at the Sarah & Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Austin, TX. During this period he won three International Downbeat Awards in the category 'Blues/Rock/Pop soloist, college winner'. After graduating, Allison in the Austin region was sideman in various bands, including those of soul singer Nakia and Grammy nominee singer Abra Moore.

In 2010, Allison founded Ulrich Ellison Trio. The name of the band changed to Ulrich Ellison & Tribe. The fourth with which Ulrich initially started was further (his wife) Sabine Ellison (bass), Darrell Commander (keys) and Michael Anthony Davila (drums). By 2016, Ulrich Ellison was allowed to represent Austria at the European Blues Challenge in Italy.

"Dreaming In The House Of Blues" is the sequel to his fifth studio album 'Rise Up From the Ashes' [2016]. In addition to Ulrich (singing guitar), the album consists of Sabine Ellison (bass), drummers Joel Duhon & Michael Anthony Davila, keyboard players Jan Flemming & Darrell Commander and violinist Michelle Alany.

The album contains no less than 18 tracks (79 minutes) of "blues-based, soul-powered, dynamic heavy guitar music". Ulrich Ellison took on one Muddy Waters cover ("Rollin '& Tumblin") after 17 original tracks. The album consists of well-built songs with amazing guitar work. I refer to tracks like "Ten Feet Tall", "Running On Empty", "I'm Down", "Wallflower" and "Sleepless". In addition to the uptempo songs, there are also quieter songs like "Feeling Like A Rich Man", the hallucinating "I Had A Dream", "Waiting For A Better Day" and "Just You" to wind down the disc.

Ulrich Ellison (And Tribe) proves that he is a class act as a blues rock band with "Dreaming In the House of Blues". It is a varied album with "gutsy electric blues classics", which will undoubtedly appeal to a broad blues/rock audience. Ulrich Ellison & Tribe tours this year again in Europe and are in Belgium on 05/09/17 @ the SPIRIT OF 66 in VERVIERS.

Eric Schuurmans / Rootstime (July 2017)
 


Ulrich is a new musical acquaintance. Opener "America" reminds me a bit of Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush at times, which is a good sign. Ulrich provides some quite clean and melodic vocals, while the guitar work is a bit dirtier. "Ten Feet Tall" continues in a melodic southern rock vein, while "River Of Life" again adds a touch of Marino mixed with some slight Eric Johnson:ish influences. He continues down the blues rock path and lays down some serious blues licks in the intro of "Running On Empty". "I Had A Dream" is a soul oriented thing with a jazzy touch, which doesn't really grab me, unfortunately. "Rollin' And Tumblin'" gets the boat cruising in the right direction again. Ulrich gives it a cool groovy, almost folksy touch. "Feeling Like A Rich Man" again veers off into a soul oriented funky area outside my sphere. The album has a few of these road bumps, especially towards the end, but the majority of the tracks nicely rock my boat. There are some seriously cool riffing going on in a lot of the tracks.

Janne Stark / Stark Music Reviews (September 2017)
 



 


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