Its hard to believe that the “Big Man”, RORY Ellis is now on his eighth album. The new album is called “One Skin” and celebrates a new chapter in his life with many of the songs inspired by the love for his partner.
“This is an album that I hope will awaken the spirits of the listener,” he said. “It is important to me as with all my albums, to have situations that will occur to other people. It may not always be apparent straight away, but when they listen to it, it becomes real to the point where the listener can often put themselves into the song.. The beauty of song writing is not to always hit somebody over the head with a message, it’s often about delicately filtering a message through the songs.”
Ellis takes listeners on an Americana journey that’s inter-woven with country, blues and folk and the ever-present chromatic harmonica.
“Americana doesn’t lock you into one genre; you’re not a blues or rock or country artist,” Ellis said. “I can take the styles I love; being country, blues and folk, and meld them all into one.”
Ellis wrote Livin’ The Dream about the farm he lives on with his partner and all the aspects that go with it.
“It’s about the things that can often go wrong and conversely the funny things that also happen all in one day sometimes,” he said. “It is an idyllic and honest lifestyle, but the song is about all the associated hardships, pests, machinery breakdowns, and all the things that come with living in an old farmhouse and having that kind of lifestyle, all new to me.”
Ellis wants to highlight serious issues that he’s witnessed, too. Who’s Your Daddy is a hard-hitting song that focuses on the effects that estranged fathers have on their partners and kids and the yearning from all to know why he isn’t there, and his realisation that he has been removed from their hearts, often by his own hand. He also tackles the issue of domestic violence.
“Another Woman Down is about the overwhelming presence of domestic violence in our communities, and the treatment of women in that situation. We see it in the news more and more and it’s one of those things that just shouldn’t happen. This is a song for the women who have been subjected to this.”
The North Coast Australian singer-songwriter has toured the world, playing festivals in Europe and the UK over many years, but has made his home on a farm near Kempsey, New South Wales, in Australia
For more information about Rory, visit his website HERE