Tawny Ellis is an accomplished singer/songwriter with a voice of an angel and lyrics of a broken-hearted savoir. This may be 2015, but Ellis’ voice and music takes you as far back as the Carter Family but bleeds with the modern touches of Alison Krauss.
On her latest offering, the 4-track EP ‘Ghosts Of The Low Country: The Muscle Shoals Sessions’ it is clear that Ellis is blessed with some serious pipes which could melt your heart or fill it with hope, depending on her mood. She is also a fantastic songwriter. Penning love-inducing ballads and haunting heartbreaks, Ellis sings like she has lived a long frutful life full of struggles and accomplishments. But truth be told, Ellis is young and wise beyond her years.
The Georgia-born singer opens this EP with the slow amble of “Ghosts Of The Low Country,” written by Ellis and her husband Gio Loria, who plays dobro on the track. Following is another Ellis original, “Evolve Or Die” which has a backwoods Civil War feel with its folk instrumentation. On this EP, Ellis is back by the Georgia band Five Eight, and covers their song “Desperate Tonight” written by Mike Mantione. It’s a slow waltz as the singer is trying to find herself in her own hometown. Then the CD ends with a gorgeous cover of the Patsy Cline classic “Walkin’ After Midnight.”
It’s been two years since Ellis has released her last album – 2013’s ‘Blow By Blow,’ and ‘Ghost of the Low Country’ might be a stop gap in between full lengths, but it is certainly full of beautiful music until the next long player comes.