During CMJ, we saw the wise-beyond-his-22-years singer-songwriter Robert Ellis play solo the first night of the New York City festival, realizing just how great a songwriting talent he is. Then, we saw him at the Paste party with a full band and realized what a badass he is, as the quintet deconstructed old bluegrass songs and borrowed as much from Radiohead as George Jones.
Watch his entire CMJ set at The Living Room in this week’s Paste mPlayer (Issue 30), including his tremendous cover of “Ruby.”
1. “Westbound Train”
2. “Coming Home”
3. “What’s In It For Me?”
4. “Two Cans of Paint”