“Rory Ellis has one of those voices you just can’t buy – rugged, gravelly, it oozes been there done that credibility and the words that emerge from deep in his throat are rough enough to use as sandpaper.”
— Jeremy Searle Americana UK
"inner outlaw" press release 15/10/19
Press Release 15/10/19
RORY ELLIS FINDS HIS INNER OUTLAW PDF FILE
Rory Ellis unleashes his Inner Outlaw on Friday, October 18 with the release of his ninth studio album.
Inner Outlaw is a collection of 12 tracks of pure Americana, with a touch of Waylonesque attitude that will make your heart sing and your mind wander. It’s dry, minimalist, sometimes appears to fall apart at the seams, but will leave you haunted with a resonance rarely found in modern production.
The lead single, The Letter, told an incredible true story of a letter in a bottle which has already aroused response here in Australia and overseas. Following on from this, the album gets bigger and better.
Featuring some of Australia’s finest musicians, Inner Outlaw has a truckload of character to transport you into parts of the world you’ve craved, some you’d like to discover, but definitely many you will relate to.
Ellis wrote all 12 tracks with this album in mind, keeping up the outlaw attitude in each song.
“When I first started writing the album, I had that whole outlaw country thing in mind, which is not so much about the sound or tone, but more the attitude of each track,” he said.
“It’s a little bit rebellious and it’s my spin on the attitude that guys like Waylon Jennings brought to country music.
The title track sets the tone for the album with Inner Outlaw all about what you’d like to do to people when words just don’t work.
“In modern society, you’ve gotta sit down and talk about issues, but back in the days of the wild west, you would have just shot each other,” Ellis said.
What Happened To That Man is a look back when it was okay to be a bloke, a gentleman, a protector, a proud provider, honest and true, with the writer believing that this man has almost taken a back seat these days.
Striving for recognition in an area you’ve been working in for years, is summed up in The Next Shipwreck.
“I’ve been doing this for 30 years and I wouldn’t mind getting ripped apart just to be able to sit on the highest peak, even if just for a little while,” Ellis said.
“There are a lot of people in that same boat where they’ve worked hard on something, but still haven’t had the recognition they probably deserve.”
In terms of personal songs, 53rd Year hits hard with Ellis, as he wrote it as he was approaching his 53rd birthday at the time and 53 was when his father died.
“It’s one of the deeper thoughts I had on the album,” he said.
And another favourite is Bitumen Cowboys, which was a line Ellis heard from a truck driver.
“You think of the truckies out there at all hours, in the middle of nowhere, away from friends and families and civilisation in many circumstances,” he said.
Ellis said he hoped that listeners get to know him better as an artist and person with the songs on Inner Outlaw.
“I hope that people can also take away a little bit of themselves after listening to this album,” he said.
“I want them to look into these songs and think, ‘that was me’, ‘that is me’ or ‘I would like that to be me’.”
Ellis said the attitude of this album was influenced by the music he grew up listening to.
“This album is closer to the bone than I ever thought it would be, because I was raised on a lot of this stuff,” he said.
“It was like this music was burnt in there somewhere and I hope that people will really love the music and feel the essence of what country music is to me”
Ellis will take the songs on tour in 2020 as he strives to head west with his music.
“I’d love to take this music out a bit further into more of the regional areas as well, because there is something very cool about playing for those audiences,” he said
Inner Outlaw is out on October 18, but is currently available for preorder from all digital retailers, and released through Checked Label Services.
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"THE LETTER" PRESS RELEASE 06/09/19
PRESS RELEASE 6/09/19
We've all watched the romantic movies that tell the stories of a message in a bottle washed up on shore, after years of bobbing about in the ocean currents, only to find its way into the hands of destiny.
This is a true story of a message in a bottle, and it is far from romantic.
Written in 1940, during a time of chaos and war, could this Light Horseman who fought in the Battle of the Somme, Colin Ellis, have known that his very personal and incredibly powerful message would wind up in the hands of his only Grandson, Rory Ellis, nearly a century on.
And there are no safer hands than that of Australian Musician, Rory Ellis, to convey his Grandfather’s message to the world. And what better way than through song, the universal language.
This astonishing story begins in February 1940, when Colin Ellis, in conjunction with Joe Eagles, penned and placed the letter is a whiskey bottle and cemented it into the Church Street Bridge in Melbourne, whilst carrying out repair works on the bridge.
“The Second World War was being fought at the time. The blue-collar worker was also fighting for his rights back at home. This letter echoes so poignantly their thoughts, which are even more relevant today” said Ellis “When you read these powerful words, you realise nothing has changed. Today, we still all long for the same thing….almost a century on”
During repair works on the bridge 71 years later, two workers, Paul Bladowski and Grant Inkster, remarkably discovered the bottle, buried within the concrete. Bladowski, was jackhammering into the bridge and unearthed the long-buried letter.
“I was jackhammering a little higher than shoulder height, when all of the sudden the jackhammer went into a void in the wall about 3 or 4 inches very easily, then I felt glass pieces hitting my chest. At closer inspection there were papers rolled up inside of a whisky bottle!” Bladowski remembered.
Inkster also clearly remembers the amazing discovery, saying the old bottle held more secrets, that would never be revealed.
“In the bottle were two other small documents…a conscription notice which crumbled and basically dissolved as we tried to remove the contents, and the third one was even more fragile” Inkster added. “I wish this very cool story we have at hand gives an eternity of inspiration, and I hope some generations (not so far down the track), get to see the old boys’ wish of enlightenment, peace on earth and goodwill to mankind.”
The surviving letter took seven years to find Ellis, through word of mouth and mutual associates. He said the letter, written in the midst of war and turmoil, held great meaning to him personally.
“It’s quite incredible how they found me. It took some years, and I just wanted to say thank you to all for bringing it home” said Ellis. “I hold fond memories of the stories my father told of how Grandfather was a man who believed in fair rights for workers, and would often be found in his back yard sharing an ale with The Late Bob Hawke and The Late Arthur Calwell”
Ellis said the natural thing for him to do, was to write the song, “The Letter”. “
After 30 years of recording and performing throughout the world, it was my way of sharing my Grandfather’s message in the only way I know how….to put his words into a song” said the singer/songwriter.
Mr Ellis and Mr Eagles wrote in the 1940 note that they hoped the struggles of the war would be over by the time the letter was found.
“We close this with the hope that the workers are enlightened when this is found and that there is peace on earth and good will to man” the letter said. *******
IMAGE OF ACTUAL LETTER ATTACHED, INTERPRETED SCRIPT BELOW
8th February, 1940
This bottle was placed here on the above date, by Joe Eagles and Colin Ellis 'Plasterers' who have been repairing the cement work of this bridge since November 1939. The gauge of material used has been two parts of sand to one of cement. The work was supervised by Mr Williams of the Prahran Council. We both have appreciated his cooperation, and his conditions of employment. The world war is on at present brought about by the capitalist section of the world to maintain a rotten system. We hope when this bottle is found that the workers of the world will be getting a much more equal share in natures gifts, and the wealth they produce for the class that prioritise them and thieves. Even to the extent of murdering each other. To protect wealth they do not share in. The capitalists call it war, not murder. We close this with the hope that the workers are enlightened when this is found and that there is peace on earth and good will to man.
Written by Colin Ellis and Joe Eagles
ABOUT Rory Ellis: See attached BIO and REVIEWS The single “The Letter” will be officially released from the album “Inner Outlaw” on 6/9/19 and is available digitally for pre-order through www.roryellis.com Alternatively, those pre-ordering the full album “Inner Outlaw” (to be released 18/10/19) will receive a bonus of “The Letter” instantly from the single release date.
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RORY ELLIS BIOGRAPHY PDF FILE
Raised in working class East Bentleigh, to a boxing gym in Dandenong, labourer, factory worker, brushes with the underworld as a doorman in the most salubrious outer suburban beer temples, even his time working at the Sacred Heart Mission, has shaped the character of one of Australia’s finest songwriters.
Raised to revere the Hanks, Cash, Willie, Waylon, blues and folk greats, Americana was the obvious genre choice.
His career began in 1989, but things livened up when his first solo release “Ride” rocked the media in 2000.
His path traverses the globe; Australia, New Zealand, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, performing alongside greats like Richie Havens, Robert Cray, Charlie Musselwhite, Canned Heat. His journeys’ embrace a multitude of venues and festivals, including Port Fairy Folk AU, National Folk AU, Shetland UK, Isle Of Wight UK, Maryport Blues UK, Americana International UK, Larmer Tree UK, Celle Festival Germany, Castel St Pietro Blues Italy.
Every twist and turn toward his Americana leanings, always had a great story lurking in the background.
Always the primary inspiration. Gifted with a soul-wrenching voice praised by media worldwide, he’s experienced every word delivered.
The future is bright, songs keep coming, roads still un-travelled and his wit grows with every mile.
Rory is committed to bringing his take on life and the stories of so many to every possible corner.
“Rory Ellis is one of those singer/songwriters, like Leonard Cohen, who makes the hairs on your arms
stand up by simply opening his mouth and uttering a few throaty words.”- Brett Callwood: Acoustic Magazine UK
Port Fairy Folk Festival Port Fairy, VIC, March 2018
Thredbo Blues Festival Thredbo Village, NSW, January 2018
Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival Bendigo, VIC, November 2017
Celler Stadfest Celle, Germany, Sept 2017
Barham Country Music Stampede Barham, VIC, June 2017
Tamworth Country Music Festival Tamworth NSW, January 2017
Tamworth Country Music Festival The Atrium, (8 shows) The Albert Hotel, The Tudor Hotel
Pako Festa, Geelong West, VIC, February 2015
Tamworth Country Music Festival ,Tamworth, NSW, (The Atrium, Town Hall) January 2015
Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo Village, NSW, January 2015
Kingston Harvest Festival, Mordialloc, VIC, May 2014
The Barwon Heads Festival, Barwon Heads, VIC, March 2014
Burke & Wills Festival, Mia Mia, VIC, March 2014
Pako Festa, Geelong West, VIC, February 2014
Tamworth Country Music Festival, Tamworth, NSW, (The Atrium, The Albert, The Longyard, Fender Roadcases Show) January 2014
Birregurra Festival, Birregurra, VIC, October 2013
Avoca Music Festival, Avoca, VIC, March 2013
Pako Festa Geelong West, VIC, February 2013
Frankston Waterfront Festival, Frankston, VIC, January 2013
Worthenbury Blues Festival, Worthenbury, UK, June 2012
Glastonwick Festival, Shoreham By Sea, West Sussex, UK, June 2012
Tuxfest, Nottingham, UK, May 2012
Shetland Folk Festival, Shetland Islands, UK, May 2012
National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT, April 2012
Lake Bolac Eel Festival, Lake Bolac VIC, March 2012
Australian Blues Festival, Goulburn, NSW, February 2012
St Kilda Festival, StKilda, VIC, Australia, February 2012
Tamworth Country Music Festival, Tamworth, NSW, Australia (The Albert, The Longyard, Fender Roadcases Show) January 2012
Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo Village, Thredbo, NSW, January 2012
Bridgetown Blues Festival, Bridgetown, WA, November 2011
Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC, A October 2011
Echuca Blues Festival, Echuca, VIC, July 2011
Dorchester Summer Saturday Live UK, Dorchester, UK, July 2011
Yard Dog Country BBQ, Newcastle, UK, June 2011
Castel St Pietro Festival Of Blues, Castel St Pietro, ITALY, June 2011
Ocean Grove Festival, Ocean Grove, VIC, April 2011
Kiama Festival Of Jazz And Blues, Kiama, NSW, April 2011
Barwon Heads Festival, Barwon Heads, VIC, March 2011
Pako Festa, Geelong West, VIC, February 2011
Yarraville Festival, Yarraville, VIC, February 2011
St Kilda Festival, St Kilda, VIC, February 2011
Tamworth Country Music Festival, Tamworth, NSW, (The Albert, The Longyard, Fender Roadcases Show) January 2011
Bridgetown Blues Festival, Bridgetown, WA, November 2010
Ivy Live, Ivy Bridge, Devon, UK, September 2010
Farmer Phils Festival, Ratlinghope, UK, August 2010
Maryport Blues Festival ,Maryport, Cumbria, UK, July 2010
Linton Music Festival, Linton, UK June 2010
Worthenbury Blues Festival, Worthenbury, UK, June 2010
Headspace Festival, Bracknell, Surry, UK, June 2010
Isle Of Wight Festival, Isle Of Wight, UK, June 2010
Glastonwick Festival, Shoreham By Sea, West Sussex, UK, June 2010
Holmfirth Festival Of Folk, Holmfirth, UK, May 2010
Apollo Bay Music Festival, Apollo Bay, VIC, March 2010
Barwon Heads Festival, Barwon Heads, VIC, March 2010
Burke and Wills Festival, Mia Mia, VIC, March 2010
Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA, February 2010
Skandia Festival, Geelong, VIC, January 2010
Tamworth Country Music Festival, Tamworth, NSW, (The Albert, The Longyard, Fender Roadcases Show) January 2010
Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC, November 2009
Farmer Phils Festival, Ratlinghope, UK, August 2009
Nottingham Riverside Festival, Nottingham, UK, August 2009
Morwellham Quay Festival, Morwellham Quay,,Devon, UK, August 2009
Chagstock, Chagford, Devon, UK, July 2009
Americana International Festival, Newark, UK, July 2009
Blues On The Farm, Chichester, Sussex, UK, July 2009
Isle Of Wight Festival, Isle Of Wight, UK, June 2009
Glastonwick Festival, Shoreham By Sea, West Sussex, UK, June 2009
Williamstown Festival, Williamstown, VIC, March 2009
Barwon Heads Festival, Barwon Heads. VIC, March 2009
Mossvale Festival, Mossvale VIC March 2009
Moonee Valley Festival, Moonee Valley, VIC, March 2009
Pako Festa, Geelong West, VIC, February 2009
Yarraville Festival, Yarraville, VIC, February 2009
St Kilda Festival, StKilda, VIC, January 2009
Skandia Festival, Geelong, VIC, January 2009
Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo Village, NSW, January 2009
Geelong Night Concerts, Geelong, VIC, December 2008
Tarerer Festival, Killarney, VIC, November 2008
Poole Park Festival, Poole, Dorset, UK, August 2008
Southsea Festival, Southsea, Hampshire, UK, August 2008
Morwellham Quay Festival, Morwellham Quay, Devon, UK, August 2008
Stokes Bay Festival, Stokes Bay, Hampshire, UK, July 2008
Larmer Tree Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire, UK, July 2008
Glastonwick Festival, Shoreham By Sea, West Sussex, UK, July 2008
Two Rivers Festival, Chepstow, Wales, UK, July 2008
North Devon Festival , Barnstaple, Devon, UK, June 2008
Middlewich Folk Festival, Middlewich, Cheshire, UK, June 2008
Shetland Folk Festival, Shetland Islands, UK, May 2008
Lake Bolac eel Festival, Lake Bolac, VIC, May 2008
Barwon Heads Festival, Barwon Heads, VIC, March 2008
Whittlesea Country Music Festival, Whittlesea, VIC, February 2008
Yarraville Festival, Yarraville, VIC, February 2008
StKilda Festival, StKilda, VIC, January 2008
Newstead Live Festival, Newstead, VIC, January 2008
Frankston Sea Festival, Frankston, VIC, January 2008
Arts In The Park, Ballarat, VIC, January 2008
Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC, November 2007
Maldon Folk Festival, Maldon, VIC, November 2007
Lake Bolac Eel Festival, Lake Bolac, VIC, March 2007
Guilford Roots Music Festival, Guilford, VIC, March 2007
Skandia Festival, Geelong, VIC, January 2007
Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo Village, NSW, January 2007
Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC, November 2006
North Devon Festival, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, June 2006
Glastonwick Festival, Shoreham By Sea, West Sussex, UK, June 2006
Folk On The Pier, Norfolk, UK, May 2006
Fylde Folk Festival, Fleetwood, UK, September 2005
Great British R&B Festival, Colne, Lancashire, UK, August 2005
Southsea Festival, Southsea, Hampshire, UK, August 2005
Broadstairs Festival, Broadstairs, Kent, UK, August 2005
Larmer Tree Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire, UK, July 2005
Christchurch Festival, Christchurch, Dorset, UK, July 2005
North Devon Festival, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, June 2005
Middlewich Festival, Middlewich, Cheshire, UK, June 2005
Glastonwick Festival, Shoreham By Sea, West Sussex, UK, June 2005
Salisbury Festival, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, May 2005
Burke & Wills Festival, Mia Mia, VIC, March 2005
Skandia Festival, Geelong, VIC, January 2005
Glastonwick Festival, Shoreham By Sea, West Sussex, UK, May 2004
Newcastle Festival, Newcastle, UK, May 2004
Rhythms in The Outback, Kalgoorlie, WA, April 2004
Mossvale Festival, Mossvale, VIC, March 2004
Yarra Community Day, Northcote, VIC, February 2004
Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, TAS, January 2004
Chewton Festival, Chewton, VIC, January 2004
Latrobe R and B Festival, Gippsland, VIC, January 2004
Festivals Before 2004
Prior to 2004 some others performed at include
Whare Flat Folk Festival NZ
Maldon Folk Festival, VIC,
Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
National Folk Festival, ACT
Cygnet Folk Festival, TAS