Blue Smoke Video – Wyatt Ellis

by | 24 May, 2024 | 0 comments

Wyatt Ellis Release New Video Blue Smoke With Marty Stuart.

Blue Smoke is an instrumental track written by Ellis and is from the young musician’s debut album, Happy Valley, on Ellis’ own label, Knee High Records.

In the interview Ellis explains that he specifically wrote Blue Smoke with Stuart in mind, and in hopes he’d be able to join him on the track. I reached out to him and he agreed. The rest is history. Ellis says with delight Wyatt Ellis.

I admire Wyatt for writing new songs for the bluegrass canon. His writing could set him apart from the pack. There’s a lot of great players and singers in bluegrass that need good new songs to perform to keep the genre fresh and moving forward. Wyatt has the goods to help bring that about – Marty Stuart.

The Blue Smoke video was directed by Joseph Cash and filmed while Ellis was on tour with Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives. Locations included The Birchmere and The Beacon Theater, both in Virginia, and The Egg PAC in New York.

There are some interesting bits of bluegrass and country music history embedded in the video. Many pieces of Ellis’ stage wardrobe were gifted to him this past year. Viewers will see Ellis in one of Mac Wiseman’s shirts, a jacket from one of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, an original Osborne Brothers belt buckle, and Bill Emerson’s boots. Additionally, fellow mandolinist C.J. Lewandowski appears as the bus driver in the video.

This was the first time Wyatt had performed in many of these historic venues. He was delighted to see posters all over the walls of so many of his musical heroes. “Live At The Birchmere is one of my favorite Johnson Mountain Boys albums that I listen to all the time. To have the opportunity to perform on that same stage was really exciting.”

New 2024 tour dates continue to be added to Ellis’ schedule. You can stay up to date with all upcoming performances on Wyatt Ellis’ website.

About Wyatt Ellis:

Born in the rich music bed of East Tennessee, Ellis has quickly become one of the most-watched young musicians in bluegrass music. In a recent review, Billboard magazine stated, “Ellis has quickly cemented himself as a sterling newcomer in the bluegrass scene,” a prescient assessment as evidenced by his debut single, “Grassy Cove,” going to #1 on the Bluegrass Today charts and his second single, “Get Lost,” debuting #5 on the same chart. The week of March 5, Ellis had five singles on the Bluegrass Today charts. He was also recently tapped to make an appearance at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival. Ellis’ recent appearances included opening for Marty Stuart and Molly Tuttle and performances at an array of major music festivals. On November 10, 2023, Ellis made his debut on The Grand Ole Opry.

A devotee of Bill Monroe, Ellis has been mentored by many iconic musicians, including Sierra Hull, Bobby Osborne, Mike Compton, and others. Ellis has studied with mandolin masters, composed his own original instrumentals, and transitioned from playing alone in his living room to performing seamlessly alongside bluegrass legends and Hall of Famers. In his two short years on the scene, Ellis has become a multi-instrumentalist and has been invited to perform on stage with some of the most iconic musicians of this era, including Billy Strings, Dierks Bentley, Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, Bryan Sutton, Dailey & Vincent, and Marty Stuart.

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