After several frustrating months of trying to get answers out of Facebook, I have had to abandon my old John Ellis fan page (johnelliscoza) and create a new one. The trick now is to get all 3000+ fans of the old page to jump across to the new one, so if you can help, by recommending or sharing the new one, please do! In the meantime, go across to the new John Ellis Facebook fan page, click 'like' and come along for the ride! The new fanpage address is: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Johnellis/428207493945506
The first review of John's new EP "Bush Telegraph" is in. Bruce Dennill of The Citizen once again wrote some very kind words in praise of the new songs, although these days it appears The Citizen no longer makes reviews like this available online. So, instead of a link, here's the text in full:
John Ellis – Bush Telegraph
Released by: Sony
John Ellis is a heart-and-soul sort of musician, with lyrics that cut to the pith of his emotional state at the time they are written. He’s also a sublime musical technician, able to imagine and execute complex rhythms and riffs with enviable ease. This new EP is done and dusted in less than 20 minutes, but the songs take in a remarkably wide scope of ideas. All Too Soon is more of the clean acoustic pop-rock of Ellis’s previous album, Rural; the title track is a punchy, Johnny Clegg-esque number with a searching lyric; Oncoming Train is a bluesy strut not a million miles off AC/DC (with added cowbell) and Soon There Will Be More Of Us is a poetic ode. Closer Waiting To Be Rescued is the most experimental track, without a trace of guitar. The tracks all share Ellis’s trademark – an apparently effortless ability to write songs that stick, and which make you think.
A reminder that John has written a blog entry for each of the five new songs on his "Bush Telegraph" EP. Today's piece is the penultimate blog, about the writing and recording of "All Too Soon". Click on the Blog button in the menu bar above and read about "Bush Telegraph", "Soon There Will Be More Of Us" and "Oncoming Train". Next week's final blog will be on the writing and recording of "Waiting To be Rescued".
If you're shopping in Mr Price or Mr Price Home you're likely to hear John's new song "Bush Telegraph" on Mr Price's in-house-radio station, Red Cap Radio. RCR have been a longtime supporter of John's music, right back to the early Tree63 days, and they've just added "Bush Telegraph" to their playlist.
In case you didn't know, John is posting a weekly blog about the story of each of the five songs on his new 'Bush Telegraph' EP. Click on the Blog button above and read the story so far. This week's blog is the story behind the writing and recording of "Oncoming Train". Please leave a comment if you have time, and forward the blogs on to people you know who may be interested!
The first lyric video for the "Bush Telegraph" project is now online on John's YouTube channel (youtube.com/johnelliscoza). The video is a unique take on the 'lyric video' concept and features painting and photography all done by John in his home city of Durban, South Africa. Watch it here and leave a comment!
Want to win a signed, personalised and very rare CD copy of "Rural"? Easy! John needs reviews of his new EP "Bush Telegraph" on the SA iTunes store (or any iTunes store, for that matter), and you can help! Here's how it works:
5. The best review each week will receive a now-very rare CD copy of John's 2012 album "Rural", signed and personalised, and all the reviews will be posted up on John's website on the new "Fan Reviews" page.