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New music from Texas singer-songwriter Robert Ellis reflects a new chapter of fatherhood

The Fort Worth-based musician performs two songs from his new album “Yesterday’s News.”


Fort Worth-based singer-songwriter Robert Ellis.


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Once based in Houston, acclaimed singer-songwriter Robert Ellis has since moved to Fort Worth. And, among his projects, which include running a recording studio and an adjacent bar, is a new album of music released today on his own label, Niles City Records.

Titled Yesterday’s News, the album is yet another reinvention for the musician — a stripped-down, restrained and nuanced set of songs compared to the more raucous Texas Piano Man persona of his previous record.

In the audio above, Ellis says much of the new album reflects the anxieties of his recent experiences as a father of two young children, as well as the lingering emotional ripple effects of the pandemic.

Robert Ellis performing in the Houston Matters studio.

He also performs two songs from Yesterday’s News — the title track and “On The Run.”

Ellis will perform Saturday, May 20, at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck.

MORE: Robert Ellis performs for Skyline Sessions

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Troy Schulze

Troy Schulze

Producer, Houston Matters

Troy Schulze is a producer for Houston Matters. He also produces the podcast Party Politics and the digital video series Skyline Sessions. Schulze has been working as a writer and producer in digital media for over 20 years. He has received three Emmy nominations for his work on the TV...

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