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    AMERICANA SINGER-SONGWRITER CHARLES ELLSWORTH TO RELEASE HIS NEW STUDIO ALBUM HONEYSUCKLE SUMMER MARCH 5TH, 2021

    Brooklyn transplant (by way of the White Mountains of Arizona) Charles Ellsworth will be releasing his latest studio album Honeysuckle Summer on March 5th 2021. Just as the pandemic was taking seed around the country earlier this year, the singer-songwriter managed to recruit several musicians from the Brooklyn music scene – including Jared Schapker (Grandpa Jack) and Blake Suben (Dirty Bird) — to help him record this album with producer Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Algernon Cadwallader) at his Headroom Studio in Philadelphia.

    Honeysuckle Summer is Ellsworth’s demonstration of coming full circle — telling his “whole story so far.” In working to overcome his own traumas, through self-exploration and new-found sobriety, he became acutely aware of how all of the minutia one experiences throughout life add up to an eventual person and how we have a choice on what to do with them. If not addressed, they can create problematic patterns that carry through life or we can embrace the good and do the work to overcome the bad.

    As is the case with any songwriter, much of Ellsworth’s past work has drawn from his own past experiences. At face level, this album seems to be no different. However, Honeysuckle Summer addresses the many parts of his youth that he previously has been unable or unready to talk about. In early childhood, Ellsworth’s father was abusive. Physically, mentally, and sexually, and as the oldest boy, he was often the target of his heavy hand. When Ellsworth was just 12, his father was sentenced to twelve years in prison — turning the family’s life upside down. This album is about Ellsworth finally coming to grips with the extent of his own trauma and his journey from a suicidal rock bottom to a place of health and contentment he’d not previously known — which allowed him to open up and finally be able to tell these stories.

    The coming full circle theme is also evident in his sound. It’s been a slow progression with a lot of little shifts to reach his current sound. Charles grew up on Mormon hymns and Top 40 country, but later rejected that as a teen, opting for classic and alternative rock. Most of his early solo music was indie folk, but more recently (his 2017 LP Cesaréa, recent singles, and new record), he’s finally embraced his Americana roots and settled comfortably into a new alt-country sound in the vein of Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson — which is where the music on this album falls.

    Charles Ellsworth’s new studio album Honeysuckle Summer will be available on vinyl, CD and digital/streaming platforms March 5th 2021 via Burro Borracho Records.

    FOR MORE INFO ON CHARLES ELLSWORTH:
    charlesellsworthmusic.com
    charlesellsworth.bandcamp.com/music
    facebook.com/charles.b.ellsworth

    FOR MORE INFO ON BURRO BORROCHO RECORDS:
    burroborrachorecords.com

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    Pavement PR
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  • WHAT CRITICS HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT CHARLES ELLSWORTH:

    • “… rough-hewn jewels. While Ellsworth provides strong bones, producer Bob Hoag’s touch gives these songs a spacious urgency with the drive of American Aquarium and the expanse of John Moreland’s acoustic work. Ellsworth has a lot to be proud of here.” – Rachel Cholst, NO DEPRESSION

    • “Ellsworth has delivered a unique and well-constructed album, which fuses the best of country-rock sentiment, folk-rock frenzy and even psychedelic rock.” – Lizz Corrigan, SLUG MAGAZINE

    • [Top Albums of the Year] “Its rootsy twang mixed with rock edge sounds like a drive down a dusty Southwestern two-lane; like a hike through a misty, mountainside boreal forest; like a beer and whiskey at a corner bar in your city with your best friend. It’s warmly produced and served with a side of spiky guitars and a dollop of reverb for a touch of post-punk spaciousness. If you’ve ever wondered where you fit, aren’t quite sure, but figure you have to, somewhere—this is the yearning, lived-in, soulful music for you.” – Mike Rengel, THE ARTS STL

    • “… paints wide brush strokes of road-worn country color across a vast Americana canvas, making it all the more vividly scenic. Give it a spin.” – Susan Hubbard, MOTHER CHURCH PEW

    • “… a blend of Americana grit and post-punk haze that reflects his experiences with dry-heat Arizona summers and frigid New York winters.” – Charlie Swanson, BOHEMIAN