Charles Ellsworth is a New York City transplant originally from the White Mountains of Arizona. He cut his teeth breaking into the Salt Lake City music scene during early adulthood and brought his red-dirt rock to the Big Apple five years ago. When he’s not touring the lower 48, he’s living in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; playing the local circuit and being engaged with his community.
Ellsworth attributes much of his road-worn lifestyle and work ethic on tour to inspiration gathered from one of his favorite writers, Roberto Bolaño:
“Make new sensations appear—Subvert daily life. O.K. GIVE IT ALL UP AGAIN HIT THE ROAD” - Roberto Bolaño, 1976
Ellsworth’s lyrics and near-familiar melodies weave to tell stories of heartbreak and loneliness, while shining a light on the perseverance of the human spirit. A self-proclaimed “recovering toxic sadboy” — Ellsworth’s music has evolved with him. Through sobriety and self-exploration, Ellsworth has shifted from writing songs lamenting “the ones that got away,” to singing honest reflections about what caused them to leave.
His earlier work was called 'a triumph for American songwriting...blending outlaw grit with a raw streak of self-awareness,’ by Declan Ryan of Independent Clauses. This ability to go from stomp-your-boots anthems reminiscent of Springsteen, to a simple love song in the vein of Townes Van Zandt makes Ellsworth a versatile songwriter and performer who appeals to a variety of tastes.