Local Reviews: Charles Ellsworth and the Dirty Thirty

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Charles Ellsworth and the Dirty Thirty
Street: 03.16
Charles Ellsworth and the Dirty Thirty = Chuck Ragan + Ryan Adams + 16 Horsepower
This Arizona transplant has created a record full of sorrowful tunes that seems to organically flow from within himself. Gentle in his approach, each song is as thoughtful in its songwriting as it is in its production. One that stood out for me was “These Desert Nights,” which builds a picture of the lost feeling that Ellsworth himself has surely had while spending time in his native land. It’s obvious with all the different musicians that play on it, the vision for this record is on a larger scale. It’s still easy to hear that the beginnings of each track were struck out by one man and his acoustic guitar. Gentle and genuine are how I would describe this record, and I enjoy that.