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Tinsley at Atlanta's Variety Playhouse, May 4, 2013
Photo Credit: Jonathan Phillips, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT
April 30th, 2013 Bob Townsend, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
ATLANTA -- In 1972, sitting in the front row at a B.B. King concert at the Marco Polo Hotel in Miami, 15-year-old Tinsley Ellis was smitten by the cool magic of the blues.
When King broke a string, he handed it to Ellis, put one on while still singing a verse, and then nonchalantly hit the next lick.
"That was the first concert I ever saw," Ellis says, allowing that he still has the string. "After the show, B.B. came out and met all the kids in the lobby. He was like Santa Claus. He signed pictures and hugged us and it was a big warm-fuzzy."
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April 18th, 2013
Terry Mullins, excerpt from Blues Blast Magazine
"Father Time has a patented knack for sneaking up on us, making hours fly by like minutes and years pass by like months.
That would explain how you can go from being a young, up-and-coming firebrand guitarist to a grizzled, wise old veteran of the blues highway in what seems like the blink of an eye.
Of course in reality, Tinsley Ellis' climb through the ranks of the Atlanta blues world, from "can't miss prospect" to elder statesman, has been a journey that has enveloped the better part of the last 35 years.
But as Ellis recently found out, Father Time's console is also equipped with a rewind button, too, and just for fun, he's not opposed to a little role reversal every once in a while..."
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A very much younger Tinsley with his first real guitar, ca. 1964.