Ellis Paul is one of the leading voices of the American singer-songwriter world. He was a principle leader in the wave of singer-songwriters that emerged from the Boston folk scene, which helped revitalize the national acoustic circuit with an urban, literate, folk-pop style that helped renew interest in the genre in the 1990s. For years, he has been among the singer-songwriter circuit’s most popular and dependable headliners with fiercely loyal fans all over the globe.
Ellis’ charismatic, personally authentic performance style, has influenced a generation of artists drawing from the appeal of pop blending with the authenticity of folk. Ellis is one of the most pop-friendly of today’s singer-songwriters. He has bridged the gulf between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger more successfully than perhaps any of his songwriting peers.
From his earliest days as a performer, Paul’s infectious melodicism, literate lyrics, and honest performing style drew attention. As early as 1993, the Boston Globe was calling him a “songwriter’s songwriter,” adding that “no emerging songwriter in recent memory has been more highly touted and respected by songwriters.” USA Today did a feature on Ellis with the headline, “Best Bet For Stardom.” His song “The World Ain’t Slow’n Down” was the title track of Jim Carrey’s Me, Myself and Irene, and “Sweet Mistakes” appears in Jack Black’s film Shallow Hal. Paul’s song “If You Break Down” was used in the final scene of the highly anticipated episode of NBC’s Ed.
Potluck desserts, coffee and soft drinks will be provided. Please feel free to add to the dessert table. Beer and wine will sold to benefit the Thousand Oaks Library Foundation.