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Ellis Paul

  • Front Porch Music 505 East Lincolnway Valparaiso, IN, 46383 United States (map)

Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, Paul is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love; intimate, passionate and enduring. These are the scenarios that emerge from Paul's new album, "Chasing Beauty," a set of songs which detail, in typical Paul fashion, stories of people and places that reflect larger truths about us all.

"Kick Out the Lights (Johnny Cash)" pays tribute to that fearless American icon name-checked in its title. "Plastic Soldier" offers homage to a wounded soldier returning from Afghanistan. A real-life barnstorming pilot takes the spotlight in "Jimmie Angel's Flying Circus," while iconic Boston blue collar musician Dennis Brennan takes the focus in "Waiting on a Break." Even the Empire State Building and the Boston Red Sox get their due, via "Empire State" and "UK Girl (Boston Calling)," respectively.

Paul's music has been shared with a wider audience as well, through commercials, documentaries, TV shows and in the soundtracks of several blockbuster films, including the Farrelly Brothers', "Hall Pass," "Me, Myself, & Irene," and "Shallow Hal."
Peter Farrelly called Paul "a national treasure."

Paul is an observer, a philosopher and an astute storyteller who shares with his listeners the life lessons he's learned, and in turn, life lessons they ought to heed as well. By affirming and defining who he is, Ellis Paul affirms and uncovers the essence of us all.

Front Porch Music

Earlier Event: November 2
9 to 5
Later Event: November 4
Language of Abstraction