Charles Ellsworth had a pride filled performance at Lion’s Lair, on Sept. 22. He was the opening act, alongside Tres Wilson of Shadow Puppet. Release The Hounds was supposed to be the main support but they were a no show. The Widowhood Effect was the headlining act.
Ellsworth is the guitarist and vocalist of the one-man-band, Charles Ellsworth. He was accompanied by Shadow Puppet’s vocalist and guitarist, Wilson, for half of his performance.
Prior to Ellsworth set, he accompanied Wilson with backup vocals and guitar. “The Bank Robbery”, “1929” and a cover of John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery” were the three songs they performed with each other.
After Wilson switched roles with Ellsworth, he remained on stage and accompanied Ellsworth until the last song of his set. Ellsworth thanked everyone for coming out and he stated it was his third time performing in Denver. An audience member asked them where they were from and he responded by letting them know they were from Salt Lake City. He went onto say they were on a month and a half long tour, asked everyone to have a drink with him afterwards and began his set with “Hold onto Me”.
Before Ellsworth performed “The D Minor Song”, he informed the spectators he did not have song titles for the majority of the evening’s songs. He spoke with Wilson and asked which song they should sing. When he returned to the microphone, he mentioned the untitled song and joked how it made him sound like a ‘real musician’.
Ellsworth declared “Desert Rose” was one of the newest songs he and Wilson worked on together, before they began to play it. Afterwards, an onlooker asked if they had any copies of it or any of his other albums. Ellsworth said he did not have either of them. However, he instructed them to provide their e-mail addresses and he would send them. During portions of the song, Wilson harmonized with him.
“Arizona Pines” brought Ellsworth recital to an end. He cited it was from his first album. He spoke of his previous stop in Carbondale, Colo. and how he was born in Ariz. The song was inspired by a series of serial killings and he compared them to “Grand Theft Auto V”. He advised those in attendance his music can be found on both iTunes and Spotify.
“The Dingo” was also part of Charles Ellsworth set.