The Hopeless Sinners
The Hopeless Sinners is Dave’s outlet for his original material. The basic line-up consists of Dave on acoustic and electric guitars and lead vocals, Garey Shelton on bass and vocals, CT on drums and vocals, and Ron Weinstein on Hammond B-3 organ. Dave’s songs range from down home folk/americana to funky and soulful R&B. Somehow it all comes together to form an undeniable groove, held together by Dave’s vocals and the incredibly talented musicians he plays with. You can find the Hopeless Sinners playing various clubs and festivals in the Seattle area, and they plan on expanding their reach soon into other cities and clubs in WA, OR, and beyond. The “Sinners” are also available for private parties of all kinds, where they can do the “mellow dinner thing” and then switch gears into an all out rock and roll party, throwing their favorite covers into the mix.
Everything in Between (2013)
A culmination of Ellis’ work over ten years, of a life well-lived and the songs that it inspired. Recorded over the span of six months in 2012-13, the album was engineered at Garey Shelton Studios and mixed by Justin Armstrong (Dave Matthews) at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle. Ellis brings together some of the best studio musicians in the Seattle area, with his band, “The Hopeless Sinners” featuring Ben Smith (Heart), Garey Shelton (Jesse Colin Young), Terry Lauber, and John Morton. Filled with songs of triumph, failure, and ultimately an appreciation of all the twists and turns we follow on our journey, the message on this CD is clear: it’s not always a straight line from point A to B, but it’s usually one hell of a ride.
“A well-oiled adult-contemporary release with slick guitar leads, piano flourishes, and understated drumming. Among the standouts, “Out of the Dark” with its wailing pedal-steel accompaniment, evokes the sound of modern Nashville country, while “Only Thing We Need” is played in the contemporary blues style of John Mayer.” —Seattle Weekly
“Whether playful, reflective or somber, the songs on Dave Ellis’ new CD, “Everything in Between,” convey a personal warmth reminiscent of James Taylor. It’s a sweet collection of tunes With a ‘70s vibe that doesn’t sound dated, but refreshed and re-energized.” —Gene Stout / Seattle Times
“Dave Ellis is a soulful and authentic singer and writer. His songs are like friends you haven’t seen for too long, and you are happy to welcome them back into your life. This album is a keeper.” —Michael Shireve (Santana)