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Matt Ellis is an award winning singer songwriter from Sydney, Australia. Based in Venice Beach, CA since 2006, Ellis has just released a new double A-Side single, “Candy / Dangers of the Night”, the follow up to 2010′s celebrated “Birth, Deaths & Marriages”.
Ellis and his band were invited to perform at KCRW’s Twilight Series at the Santa Monica Pier over the summer, where the seven piece band previewed the new tracks to a crowd of 15,000 people. The next show is scheduled for Friday February 22nd at The Troubadour with White Buffalo.
Matt’s four album releases have taken him across the United States, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Mexico, performing at The Sydney Opera House, The Troubadour, Tucson’s Rialto Theatre, CBGBs (RIP), The Bitter End, El Mocambo, Hotel Cafe, Spaceland, Pappy & Harriets and The Annandale Hotel sharing the stages with Calexico, J.Tillman, DeVotchKa, Perry Farrell and John Doe to name a few. Tracks have been licensed by ABC TV America, MTV, Qantas and The Food Network and received airplay on over 50 Radio Stations across America, Europe and Australia.
Produced by Ellis and mixed by Craig Schumacher (Neko Case, Calexico, Iron & Wine, M Ward), “Births, Deaths & Marriages” received ISC Awards for numerous tracks and music videos in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The album features eleven Americana/ Folk Rock tracks and is arguably his best work to date. Returning guest, Greg Leisz (Joni Mitchell, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris) added his haunting signature pedal steel, lap steel & Banjo to four tracks while Tim Young (Beck, Daniel Johnston) channeled the desert through his Telecaster on five. Calexico’s Nick Luca added further electric guitars, piano and Fender Rhodes while his band mate Jacob Valenzuela rounded out two songs with trumpet. Merry Clayton, best known for her vocals on The Rolling Stones hit “Gimme Shelter”, lent her incredible range to the gospel-inspired track, “Ghosts”, while his wife, Vavine, joined Ellis on the foot stomping duet, “River Too Wide”.
Matt’s wife joins him in duet once again on the brand new single, “Candy”, out now on iTunes. The country version of the Iggy Pop hit features Matt’s band and guests Jon Niemann on Keys along with Matt Menefee and Ross Holmes from ChessBoxer on Banjo and Fiddle. Candy is backed up by the original “Dangers Of The Night” , featuring Jacob Valenzuela on trumpet.
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