Tinsley Ellis

“ Southern blues-rock at its best. Rolling Stone describes his playing as ‘feral…his six-string sharpened to a razor’s edge’. Blues Blast Winner for ‘2015 Rock/Blues Album Of The Year’, he’s performed with everybody from the Allmans to Buddy Guy, Albert Collins and many others. Come hear and see why the Village Voice calls him ‘raw and righteous, funky and strong’.

Skyla Burrell Blues Band

Vizztone Recording Artists, the Skyla Burrell Band, are known for their passionate and high energy live shows.

The band released their debut studio CD, "Working Girl Blues" in 2004, containing 12 original songs. From that very 1st CD, Mark Tomlinson received an Honorable Mention for his track "Bad Dream" in the 14th Annual Billboard Songwriting Contest. In 2006 the band recorded and toured in Europe, and released their sophomore effort, "Livin' Day to Day". The band played 240 shows in 2006 and secured the #1 Top Booked Band slot on Sonicbids.

The band kept up their busy schedule (between 2006 and 2007 playing a total of 465 shows) and expanding their touring radius. In 2008 the Skyla Burrell Band released their third CD of all original material, "Tough Luck". The band sold a track from "Tough Luck" to the producers of the CBS/CBC drama "The Bridge, which aired over the spring in Canada and was the #1 rated drama, and made its US debut in the late summer.

"Real Love" the band's 4th studio CD was released in the early Fall of 2011 containing 14 new original tracks and saw the band touring extensively and working hard. With 2012 came more tours up and down the East Coast and recognition within the Blues Industry with an induction into the Blues Hall of Fame representing Pennsylvania.

In 2014 the band returned to the recording studio for their 5th studio CD titled "Blues Scars" and signed with the VizzTone Label Group. Blues Scars was released on October 7, 2014, to critical acclaim. As with all Skyla Burrell Band releases, 'Blues Scars' contains all original material written by Skyla and Mark. In September of 2014, the band signed exclusively with Road Dawg Touring Co to represent all bookings worldwide.

In 2015 and 2016 the band toured extensively the US and Canada and are currently working on a new CD in addition to touring. Look for the new CD Summer of 2017!




Southern blues/rock guitar wizard Tinsley Ellis brings his three-piece band to the Arden Gild Hall on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $25 and are available at ardenconcerts.com.  Tickets for Arden Club members are $20.

Ellis, who won the 2015 Blues Blast Award for Blues/Rock Album of the Year for Tough Love, will release a brand new album on Alligator Records, Winning Hand, right before he appears at the Gild Hall.


Although he jokes that he’s “the best guitarist you may never have heard of,” hordes of fans worldwide know Tinsley, who is among the blues world’s most revered, respected and well-travelled statesmen. 

 The Skyla Burrell Band opens what it sure to be a houserockin’ party at the Arden Gild Hall

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