Gordon Ellis | Memory Machine

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Memory Machine

by Gordon Ellis

Broad range of country--traditional, retro, and current, by an artist-writer with a not-so-traditional voice and a three octave range. Not the same ole, same ole you hear on today's country radio. All original material, sung with power and conviction.
Genre: Country: Traditional Country
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1. Memory Machine
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2. Mama Gotta Hit It
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3. Oh Heart
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4. Eyes Of The Man In The Moon
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5. One Woman
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6. Storm Chaser
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7. Perfect Contradiction
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8. Tonight There's A Lovers' Moon
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9. I'm Still Here
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10. God Bless The Hearts
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Like a river gently changing course, this cd covers ground from the traditional sound of MEMORY MACHINE, to the rockin' country sound of MAMA GOTTA HIT IT, to the powerful, rangy ballad, ONE WOMAN.

You may hear influences of Ray Price or Roy Orbison (including a three octave vocal range) - or similarities to Ricky Van Shelton, but Gordon Ellis does not sound like them, or anyone else, for that matter.

He is simply a singer-songwriter expressing his creations through his own voice, with power and passion - reaching out to anyone who can relate, like the working men and women in I'M STILL HERE, and the ones that love seems to have left behind in GOD BLESS THE HEARTS.

Anyone who has ever experienced unrequited love knows the angst expressed in ONE WOMAN, and anyone who has ever been alone on a moonlit summer night will recognize the longing in TONIGHT THERE'S A LOVERS' MOON.

There are also lighthearted numbers, like the rocking STORM CHASER and the tongue-in-cheek title cut.

Gordon grew up in New York City--not exactly the country music capital of the world.

Early influences included the vocal styles of Roy Orbison and Elvis. His first band in high school, The Fortunes, did all rock and folk cover tunes.

While attending the University of Oklahoma, where he received his B.A. in Psychology, he was drawn to the honesty and simplicity of country music, playing as part of a duo around campus, occasionally throwing in an original song.

After college, he moved to Northern California, where he sometimes sang for tips on the streets of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, or in coffeehouses, and later, performed his own material with his band, GORDON ELLIS and the All Night Ramblers.

Eventually, Gordon moved to Nashville, where he currently resides, performing at notable Music City writers' clubs like the Bluebird Cafe, Douglas Corner Cafe, the Hall Of Fame Lounge, and the Broken Spoke.

Gordon Ellis is not your typical country singer - he does not sound like the acts currently on country radio - but this is definitely country music.

It's about real people, real feelings, real life.

Hey, that's what country is supposed to be about, isn't it?


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Marcus Thell - Vimmerby, Sweden


4 hats (5 hats is the best you can get!)

I don´t know anything about Mr. Ellis and there´s no info on when this CD was
released, but I´ll guess ti was released during year 2000.
He´s a good traditional singer, with some really good songs!
The best songs of the 10 on this CD are: "Memory Machine", "Eyes Of The Man In
The Moon", "Mama Gotta Hit It", "Storm Chaser" and "I´m Still Here".
If you like traditional country music then you should get this album!

Jolene Laveaux


Gordon Ellis
came to Nashville via New York and San Francisco. In his travels he has met a lot of hard working people who never seem to get the love and respect they deserve. He also seems to have found the perfect blend of writing songs that are appealing to both Country and Contemporary music listeners. Fans around the world identify with ‘Mama Gotta Hit It’, ‘One Woman’, Storm Chaser’, ‘God Bless the Hearts’, and ‘Memory Machine’. ‘Tonight There’s A Lover’s Moon’ is enjoying success on MP3 format, and overseas radio.
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Mike Dunbar, Country Music Plus

Excerpt from November, 2000 article about country music
There are however, many excellent songwriters you’ve never heard of. Trying to be a successful Nashville songwriter is like trying to be a professional lottery player. There are thousands of songwriters competing for just a few album cuts.
One of my favorite “unknowns” is Gordon Ellis. Gordon writes songs with a story and a message. He writes country and pop songs in the style of Roy Orbison or Jimmy Webb. Gordon has a CD available called “Memory Machine.” You can write him at: Optimum Records, 207 30th Ave. North, Nashville, Tennessee 37203 USA.

Joris Smit Radio Noordenveld--holland


Gordon Ellis is a very good singer-songwriter, good songs sounds pretty with the
original country-instruments like the steel-guitar and the fiddle.
Good to know that in the poppy-country scene will been artists who playing real country music.
All the songs are good and I will give the cd airplay