|"Rob Ellis plays beautiful music."
"That boy plays the sweetest
"A very talented musician"
"Rob Ellis, that boy has sho got the
"The Jimi Hendrix of harp."
-Ken Block of Sister Hazel
"A most talented harmonica player."
-Doyle Grisham of Jimmy Buffett's
Coral Reefer Band
Born in Gainsville, Florida, raised there and in Mobile, Alabama, Rob’s early years were spent in a hotbed of musical
talent. He grew up in the same neighborhood as Stephen Stills, and some of the first musicians Rob shared the stage
with were the future members of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Rob spent several years performing in little clubs
on the Gulf coast while picking up multiple instruments and developing his musical skills.
An absolute master of the harmonica, outstanding on guitar and lap steel, Rob has also honed his skills on keyboard.
In the eighties, Nashville greats recognized Rob’s talent and he toured the U.S. as a sideman for George Jones and
Leon Everette, performing at Wembley Arena in London in a transatlantic country music tour. Rock and Roll pioneer
Bo Diddley is another legendary figure with whom Rob has toured.
Today Rob is a well known and much respected solo artist. His versatility, demeanor, and professionalism place him in
high demand as a session player, he has performed on more than 55 albums to date. A charismatic entertainer, Rob
merges Blues, R&B, and Acoustic Rock into his own unique style, reflected not only in his own songs but also in covers
ranging from J.J.Cale to Van Morrison to Jimmy Buffett.
Rob has played or shared the stage with: Roger McGuinn, Little Feat, Warren Haynes, Merle Haggard, Lou Rawls,
Bonnie Raitt, Jefferson Starship, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Mac McAnally, and many more of music’s finest.
Click the pic above to
read a recent article on
Rob in St. Augustine's
"Old City Life" magazine.