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At first glance, singer-songwriter Robert Ellis' decision to move last November from Houston to Nashville didn't seem surprising.
The 24-year-old Texas native, who honed his chops as a younger artist during a weekly classic country showcase called "Whiskey Wednesday," had spent the better part of the last two years on the road with bands such as the Alabama Shakes, Old Crow Medicine Show and the Old 97's. With a rich croon and charismatic onstage persona, Ellis appeared to be songwriter who could follow in George Jones' or Kris Kristofferson's footsteps.
But Ellis didn't come to Nashville to pursue a mainstream country career. As the songwriter readies his third record, he says that he wants something beyond a traditional Nashville career path. For him, that starts by breaking past the strong country influences found in his early work.
"I wanted to break it down," Ellis says. "I don't want people to think of this record as coming from classic country influence. Obviously it's a part of who I am, but I want them to hear the other stuff."
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