God’s Tattoos

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William Lee Ellis appears on the nationally syndicated Mountain Stage radio program this week, as part of a star-studded lineup including Leon Redbone, Tracy Nelson, and Marie Knight. WLE performs songs from his critically acclaimed albums God’s Tattoos and Conqueroo. The program airs on NPR stations nationwide in a timeslot scheduled by each local station. Check here to see when the show airs in your town this week!

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  • UPDATE:  NPR has posted audio from the set – hear it here.


What do Peter Frampton, Chris Smither, and William Lee Ellis have in common? They are all named on the cover of the new (Dec 06) issue of Vintage Guitar magazine. Ellis and Smither are described as “Futuristic Primitives” who use vintage instruments and stylings to create contemporary music rooted in tradition. Great quote about God’s Tattoos: “A unique and innovative album… may often cause listeners to scratch their heads and ask, ‘How did he do that?’”

WLE will also be featured on the nationally syndicated Beale Street Caravan radio show in the first week of December, with an all-new recording of live performance from earlier this year, featuring guests Amy LaVere, Paul Taylor, Susan Marshall, Reba Russell, Kim Richardson, and Andy Cohen.

We’ve posted a huge new batch of reviews for God’s Tattoos – check them out here.

God’s Tattoos, the latest album from William Lee Ellis, has arrived from the duplicator and we’re shipping advance copy orders now! Produced by Jim Dickinson at his North Mississippi Zebra Ranch, God’s Tattoos is an aural dreamscape where blues, gospel, acoustic pop, roots rock, and even a rhumba beat merge to explore “the indelible ink of experience”, or the psychic and emotional scars we all acquire in our lifetimes. Read the press release (PDF) here.

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  • Mark your calendar… Memphis CD Release party 7/28/06
  • Album shipping now! Visit the Order page to get your copy.
  • Update! Giant list of reviews posted here