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Ellis to play two shows at Tahoe

Blues guitarist Tinsley Ellis is set to perform two free shows in the Lake Tahoe area in coming weeks —one at Crystal Bay Casino on July 29 and one the following night at Squaw Valley’s “Bluesdays” series.

The 56 year old is an accomplished blues man who started absorbing the genre during his formative years in the southern U.S.

“Tinsley Ellis wears his Southern roots proudly,” according to his website. “Born in Atlanta in 1957, he grew up in southern Florida and first played guitar at age eight. He found the blues through the back door of British Invasion bands like The Yardbirds, The Animals, Cream, and The Rolling Stones. He especially loved the Kings — Freddie, B.B. and Albert. His love for the blues solidified when he was 14. At a B.B. King performance, Tinsley sat mesmerized in the front row. When B.B. broke a string on Lucille, he changed it without missing a beat, and handed the broken string to Ellis. Tinsley’s fate was sealed; he had to become a blues guitarist. And yes, he still has that string.”

Ellis averages more than 150 live shows a year and has played in all 50 states, as well as Canada, Europe, Australia and South America, according the site.

“Whether he’s out with his own band or sharing stages with major artists like Buddy Guy, The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule or Widespread Panic, he always digs deep and plays, as Guitar Player says, “…as if his life depended on it,” the site reads.

In addition to the Crystal Bay show next Monday night, Ellis will play from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 at The Village at Squaw Valley.

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Sierra Sun Updated Jul 18, 2013 12:34PM Published Jul 17, 2013 02:48PM Copyright 2013 Sierra Sun. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.