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Tinsley Ellis, The Olympic

Sunday, June 23

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Being the best blues band in Atlanta is like serving the best lobster in Maine or building the most beloved architectural treasure in Europe. In the 1980s, the band that wore the crown was The Heartfixers, and was fronted by a guitar hero named Tinsley Ellis. History (and also legend) has it that blues blues suzerain B.B. King handed a young Ellis one of his guitar strings at a concert, which has since become a kind of talisman. Ellis broke out on his own and cut Georgia Blue in 1988, which landed rave reviews and paved the way for other well-received albums, on which he teamed up with musicians like Peter Buck of R.E.M. and The Rolling Stones' keyboardist Chuck Leavell. He has hit the stage with performers like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Leon Russell and Otis Rush, but on Sunday, June 23, he'll perform in a more intimate setting: The Olympic.