Lyrics from Friends Like ThoseHouston-based singer/songwriter Robert Ellis remains true to his Texas upbringing, drawing inspiration from country, folk and bluegrass. Ellis grew a fan base after playing local shows and landing a weekly residency, nicknamed “Whiskey Wednesdays,” at Fitzgerald’s, a local venue. He self-released his debut full-length The Great Rearranger (2009), which made a fan of George Fontaine Sr., president of New West Records. Ellis signed to New West Records in early 2011, releasing the album Photographs that summer. In addition to his solo career, Ellis also plays with several other groups, including Austin-based indie rock band The Lovely Sparrows, Houston-based I Am Mesmer, singer/songwriter Chase Hamblin, Grandfather Child and his very own Robert Ellis and The Boys.