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Ellis Paul Returns

Wicked Local - Marblehead

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ellis Paul Returns
On Friday, March 27, Ellis Paul hits the stage at the me & thee coffeehouse for yet another highly anticipated show. Not only has Paul won 14 Boston Music Awards, but he has published a book, played thousands of shows and released over 16 albums. Rebecca Loebe, one of the contestants on season one of "The Voice," opens the show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for this 8 p.m. show at the me&thee coffeehouse which is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead at 28 Mugford St.

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.

Loebe is a young singer-songwriter who grew up in Atlanta and has also lived in Washington D.C., Boston, New York and is now making her home in Austin, Texas. She is known for her distinct voice, well-crafted songs and ability to bring an audience through her journeys, introducing them to the characters she meets and observations she makes as she travels.

Loebe has toured non-stop since 2009, averaging 150-200 shows per year as a headliner and as support for The Civil Wars, Ellis Paul, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Matt the Electrician and others. Loebe's live performances have created a passionate fan base around the world.

Loebe has won numerous awards for her songwriting, including the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Award. In 2011 Rebecca was a contestant on NBC's "The Voice," and won a spot on Team Adam and an iTunes Top 10 single worldwide with her captivating re-imagination of Nirvana's "Come As You Are." Earlier this year she was ranked number nine on Alternate Root magazine's annual listing of the 30 Best Female Singers in America.

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