There are not too many young musicians hawking a sound like Robert Ellis. A native Texan, Ellis grew up in a company town in the boonies, moved to Houston, and later shot straight to Nashville when he was old enough to know that Music City might have something in store for him. Though his latest album The Lights from the Chemical Plant bites off a whole lot from the musical spectrum (R&B, bossa nova, fusion, free jazz), this three song performance, stripped to nothing but a fit of dazzling guitar work and Robert's twangy vox, really flaunts the 25 year-old's traditional country roots. Referencing fellow Texans Townes Van Zandt and Willie Nelson seems appropriate; Robert's tapped into the personal, often-melancholy narratives of those who came before him, coloring his songs in rustic textures and lonely, windswept moods. It's the kind of honest, authentic, and stunning stuff all those pop-pushing suits in Nashville ought to get hip to. They could make this man a star. You know they won't though, which is just fine...I get the feeling Robert's got that last little part under control.