Dave wanted to get back to his acoustic roots and decided to go solo. He continued to open for such successful musicians like Ricki Lee Jones, Richard Marx, and the Beach Boys while honing his songwriting skills.
In 1994, Dave took a few years off from the hustling music scene. He married and started a family. Soon after, Dave joined forces with multi-instrumentalist Dave Keenan and bassist and accordian player extrordinaire Nova Devonie forming a new group called Relish (later known as Dobra Zuby). This infectious blend of pop,bluegrass,americana, and whatever else suited their fancy delighted audiences in WA,OR,CA,CO, and NM. Their CD, Happy Ever After (co-produced with Garey Shelton) is a classic. A few years later, Dave, back on his own, put out his 2nd CD entitled Hopeless Sinners which featured Reuben Radding on bass and Will Dowd on drums.
Dave continues his musical journey today, performing with his group Dave Ellis and the Hopeless Sinners. Dave’s eclectic style is “at once accesible, sweet, funky, rootsy, and just plain good”. He has composed original music for Book-It Repertory Theater’s 2009 production of David James Duncan’s The River Why and their 2006 production of Kent Haruf’s Plainsong. You can see Dave’s alter-ego “Velvet Ellis” playing with his friends Dave Keenan, Nova Devonie, Dan Tyack and CT in the “all Buck-all the time” band the Buckaroosters, usually at the famous Little Red Hen in Seattle.