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"Ghosts of the Low Country" EP by Tawny Ellis

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MUSIC REVIEW: Tawny Ellis – Ghosts of the Low Country (independent) 2015

Four songs recorded during sessions in 2014 at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama by noted artist and Southern musician Tawny Ellis reveals a powerful and distinctive voice who at times brings to mind roots-folk songwriters like Neko Case and Emmylou Harris.

You hear it write away on this Ghosts of the Low Country EP with the opening title track, where Ellis, a native of Savannah, Ga., plays lap steel (she learned watching neighbor Daniel Lanois play!), backed by members of the Athens, Ga.-based group Five Eight (guitarist Sean Dunn and drummer Patrick Ferguson), the same group behind the second track, “Evolve or Die.”

Also helping Ellis here are friend and guitarist/songwriter Gio Loria (who helped co-produced the EP) and bassist Peter Hamilton.

There is a subtle power to “Desperate Tonight” that allows the listener to really hear Ellis annunciate every word in the song. Gio Loria’s dobro work is outstanding.

Ellis and her top-notch studio group – surrounded by the deep n’ rootsy musical history of Muscle Shoals – close out this all-too-short record (only a little over 17 minutes in length) with a cover of Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight.”

For more information and more on her back catalogue, go to www.tawnyellis.com

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