SBL Entertainment Presents


Robert Ellis – Texas Piano Man

Tue, May 14, 2019

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Crest Theatre

Sacramento, CA

$40.00 - $60.00

We could do the usual record company “bio” about this new record, but, seriously…who gives a fuck?
The world is a mess. This is just music. Music by someone who tends to believe that change starts in your own backyard. I’m just optimistic enough to believe that kind of thing can still help people.
It doesn’t have any answers, other than maybe that there is no answer, the dust never settles, everything is out of control, etc. But it offers this: you can make changes. Thus, you can change the world. Right?
Maybe if there’s anything we have any true control over, it’s how we see things. There’s a song about that here. The “our” of “In Our Cathedral” is the collective “our” — all of us. Your point of view. As the great Roger Miller once said, “You can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd, but you can be happy if you’ve a mind to.” He said it better than I did.
The other thing we can do while everything’s such a mess is just try to be kind. Why not? We all have bad days, but why not put in the effort whenever possible? Nobody has it easy, however their story may appear from a distance. So why not try to be nice? Starting with yourself. That’s a nice change for the world right there. Good things will grow out of that. There are some songs along those lines here as well.
I’ve been through some stuff, but I’m no expert.
I’m trying to dead reckon my way same as anyone. I’m really just talking to myself here, looking for what’s really there under all the defenses. But maybe it could help you too?
Or: Fuck all this jibber jabber and see if you like this new record!
Here are 15 new EELS tracks that may or may not inspire, rock, or not rock you. The world is going nuts. But if you look for it, there is still great beauty to be found. Sometimes you don’t even have to look for it. Other times you have to try to make it yourself. And then there are times you have to tear something apart to find something beautiful inside.
Best wishes on future endeavors,


EELS guy
Robert Ellis – Texas Piano Man
Robert Ellis – Texas Piano Man
“Dressed head to heels in a white tuxedo, Robert Ellis has now fully embraced his role as Texas troubadour, putting a little Gram Parsons-style honky-tonk into the bedazzled piano-pop of Elton John” NPR Music

"Only the truly exceptional artists, with the right mix of confidence and wit - Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Waits—dare to scrap the template that first won them acclaim and basically start over, with a new, often sideways approach to their craft. That’s exactly what Texas native Robert Ellis has done with his latest album, Texas Piano Man." Men's Journal

"In an arrangement filled with oohs and ahhs that cross both Abbey and Yellow Brick roads, Ellis posits our hearts' toil in the everyday insanity of the world, so that maybe the only sane approach to life is recklessly falling in love.” NPR Music

“...on his forthcoming album, Texas Piano Man, he dives deeply into a new persona: a white-suited, blue bonnet Elton John determined to challenge expectations of what it means to be a musician residing in the Lone Star State.” Rolling Stone Country

“Ellis can do shit kicking honky-tonk just as well as he can inhabit an ivory-tickling Lone Star State of Mind." Rolling Stone Country

“Ellis loses none of his sharp eye for storytelling or emotional nuance on this, his fifth release for New West Records. But he adds a wisecracking edge that allows his airy tenor to become richer and more expressive with his newfound penchant for humor. In other words, it’s a lot of fun.” Rolling Stone Country

“Texas Piano pure raucous fun, eleven tunes that demand to be played at full volume while dancing around the shuffleboard table at your favorite dive.” Texas Monthly

“On Texas Piano Man, Ellis displays his mastery by blending the barrelhouse stylings of pioneering Texas musician Moon Mullican with the staccato rhythms of Elton John. The resulting sound feels like it would be at home in both a West Texas saloon and a Long Island piano bar.” Texas Monthly

"Will this be the record that breaks Ellis through to the masses? Who knows. But it should be." Austin American Statesman

"Bennie and the Jets' via Abbey Road." Relix Magazine

“Is this guy the Texas David Bowie?” The Texas Standard, Texas Public Radio

"You can almost count the number of successful singer-songwriter piano men on the fingers of both hands. There's Elton John of course, Billy Joel, Ben Folds, Joe Jackson, Leon Russell, Randy Newman, digging back to Burton Cummings of the Guess Who...perhaps some others, but you get the gist. Few from Texas, though, have gone there. Robert Ellis is changing that.” American Songwriter

"It’s brilliant, fearless songwriting and performing from an artist who has honed a truly distinct voice and persona." No Depression

"His creeping inclination toward the piano and a shinier, classic pop sound has culminated in a cohesive concept record that finds him no longer just trying on a brand new suit, but wearing the hell out of it." No Depression

"Ellis proves to be a grand pop master. This, albeit somewhat surprising, is his most cohesive album to date." Glide Magazine

"This is a majestic pop album that, with tunes like “He Made me Do It,” could have been made by a pop master like Billy Joel. Instead of a New York state of mind, we get Ellis’ Lone Star state of mind, which in many places doesn’t feel that different." Glide Magazine
Venue Information:
Crest Theatre
1013 K Street
Sacramento, CA, 95814