Staff Picks: Robert Ellis - Texas Piano Man

For fans of: Piano driven americana, sonically straight-forward / lyrically bold.

What they're saying: Rolling Stone’s recent feature delves into the influences of Texas and Liberace on this new record. Paste calls it “funny, frank and alive”.

What we say: Kinda like if Elton John was a fucking crazy guy from Houston. Songs topics include lamenting the lack of smoking in 21st century America, lamenting the excess of passive aggressiveness in 21st century America, and drinking Topo Chico & lime.

Further listening: This one puts us in the mind of some of yester-years idiosyncratic song makers ala Randy Newman, Harry Nillson, Warren Zevon, and the aforementioned Elton John.