Tinsley Ellis Announces 2022 DEVIL MAY CARE Tour

Article Contributed by Alligator Records | Published on Monday, January 3, 2022

Today, Monday, January 3, Tinsley Ellis -- recognized as one of the world’s most astounding and accomplished blues-rock guitarists and performers, and one of the genre’s most original and prolific songwriters -- announced dates for his 2022 Devil May Care tour in support of his new album of the same name. Devil May Care launches on Friday, January 21. That same day, the tour kicks off from Ellis' hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. See full dates below.

Also today, Ellis released One Less Reason, the first single and lead track on Devil May Care, to all major download and streaming services. The song received its world premiere on Sirius/XM's B.B.King's Bluesville in December, and has remained one of the station's most played tracks ever since. According to Ellis, "We wanted to open the album with a rollicking shuffle. It's been a rough two years, and everyone is ready to rock again. We are very excited to be hitting the road. It's been much too long."

Devil May Care, Ellis' 20th album, features ten of his most dynamic, original compositions, mixing muscular rock ‘n’ roll and hard blues into his own instantly recognizable sound. Created during the pandemic, Ellis wrote over 200 new songs, choosing his favorite ten for the album. The emotionally-charged guitar solos soar in full service to the songs, as if Ellis is living and breathing the sound rather than simply playing the notes. “The goal,” says Ellis, “was to make the guitar sing.”

Relix says Ellis' music contains "powerful spine-tingling guitar and gritty, soulful vocals …an inspired and passionate fusion of blues and Southern rock." Guitar World declares, "Ellis’ playing sparkles with depth and subtlety. Whether playing deep, slow blues or uptempo rockers, Ellis rides a gorgeously fat, pure tone." Blues Music Magazine says he plays “perfect, and perfectly Southern, blues-rock.” Vintage Guitar says, “He delivers blistering blues-rock, soul romps, minor-key blues and shuffles—and it all sounds great.”

Ellis toured the world non-stop for 35 years, until the pandemic hit. He captivated and amazed fans in all 50 United States, as well as in Canada, all across Europe, Australia and South America. He’s earned a massive, fervent fan base that can never seem to get enough of Ellis and his music. Fueled by his blazing, every-note-matters guitar work and his gruff, spirited vocals, Ellis delivers one imaginative and memorable song after another. Now, with Devil May Care and a new tou

January 21 - City Winery (Two shows: 6:30pm and 9:30pm), Atlanta, GA
January 22 - Songbirds, Chattanooga, TN
January 27 - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (with Tommy Castro & The Painkillers), Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
January 28 - The Alley (with Tommy Castro & The Painkillers), Sanford, FL
January 29 - February 5 - Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Fort Lauderdale, FL
February 05 - Heidi's Jazz Club, Cocoa Beach, FL
February 06 - The Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton, FL
February 09 - Historic Masonic Theater, Clifton Forge, VA
February 10 - Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis, MD
February 11- Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
February 12 - Arden Gild Hall, Arden, DE
February 13 - The Loft at City Winery, New York, NY
February 15 - Gateway City Arts, Holyoke, MA
February 16 - Daryl's House, Pawling, NY
February 17 - The Center for Arts in Natick, Natick, MA
February 18 - Spire Center for Performing Arts, Plymouth, MA
February 19 - Caffe Lena , Saratoga Springs, NY
February 20 - Infinity Music Hall,  Norfolk, CT
March 02 - Lafayette’s, Memphis, TN
March 03 - 3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN
March 09 - Woodlands Tavern, Columbus, OH
March 10 - Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland, OH
March 11 - The Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis, IN
March 12 - C2G Music Hall, Fort Wayne, IN
March 13 - SPACE, Evanston, IL
March 14 - Dakota,  Minneapolis, MN
March 16 - Swallow Hill Music - Daniels Hall, Denver, CO
March 17 - Egyptian Theatre, Park City, UT
March 18 - Egyptian Theatre, Park City, UT
March 19 - Egyptian Theatre, Park City, UT
March 21 - The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA
March 22 - MIM Music Theater,  Phoenix, AZ
March 23 - 191 Toole, Tucson, AZ
March 24 - The Historic Lobo Theater,  Albuquerque, NM
March 25 - Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewery (with Marcia Ball), Oklahoma City, OK
April 08 - The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC
April 09 - The Reeves Theater & Cafe, Elkin, NCr booked, Ellis is excited to reconnect with his fans and play his new songs live. "It’s been a long 18 months,” he says, “and now folks are ready to have some fun.”