HOUSTON — If home is where the heart is, then for Bayou City singer and songwriter Robert Ellis, home is most definitely on stage.
In his hometown of Lake Jackson, Ellis grew up playing the piano and learning Bluegrass music. By elementary school, he was strumming his own guitar and writing songs himself.
It was his junior year of high school when a 17-year-old Ellis decided to drop out and play music full time. Ellis grabbed his guitar and head to Nashville in 2014. He cut his signature hair and hit the stage with a more Elvis-like look.
Spin Magazine calls Ellis the Best Artist of 2016.
Today, you can still hear a little Willie and George Jones in his twang. Only now, it's accompanied by echoes of Randy Newman, Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell.
In Tuesday's inside story from the pages of Houstonia, we hit the road and went on tour with Ellis — a Houston boy that'd done good.