Rick Ellis plays a blend of Americana and Blues with an evident influence of Classic Rock. Growing up in the suburban edges of Los Angeles his music is more connected to the outskirts, and fringe of the big city than to LA's stereotypical associations with Hollywood and the city of lights. Perhaps that down to earth style is what led Bob Dylan's grammy winning mastering engineer Joe Gastwirt to reflect that "Once in a while something like Rick Ellis comes through here. Real good music." After touring overseas and in the US following his debut CD, Rick has been recording his next CD "Threshold" due this year. "Threshold" captures the rootsy and bluesy sound of the debut but stretches the dynamic range and explores a little further into world instruments. Gathered together are what Rick calls "some of his favorite musician's on the planet" in the recording of his new CD. Legendary drummer Richie Hayward from the band Little Feet and bassist Hutch Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt) form the rhythm section for a number of tracks. Drummer Steve Distanislau who has spent recent years playing with David Gilmore of Pink Floyd and with
Crosby, Stills and Nash also adds passion and virtuoso drumming along with talented local Topanga homegrown bassist Joe Karnes. Drummer Dave Allen, producer musician Dave Dale, keyboardist Eric Lynn, drummer Jay Bellerose (Robert Plant), vocalist singer-songwriter Donna DeLory, and Tabla drummer Satnam Ramgotra are among the other fine musicians involved.
Rick and band recently rocked the Topanga Days Festival. There's no shortage of passion or enthusiasm in the music of Rick Ellis. As Music Connection magazine has said, "His infectious voice and appealing guitar licks keep his audience engaged."