Atlanta's Tinsley Ellis has been soldiering in bluesville for nearly 20 years and during that time he has learned his lessons well.

Atlanta's Tinsley Ellis has been soldiering in bluesville for nearly 20 years and during that time he has learned his lessons well. His latest release (his 10th career overall) bears witness to the maturity and all-around talent of this blues/rock master. He wrote every song on the record, and there's a good deal of diversity in these 12 tunes. His vocal work is assured and real, and he can do whatever he wants to on guitar. Ellis' playing is all about feel and coloration. As a soloist, he's into completely different ideas on "Real Bad Way," the title track, and the acoustic number "Love Comes Knockin'." As a composer, he easily spans the emotional breadth between the gentle tune ("Set Love Free") and the muscled-up groove ("Ten Year Day").—PVV