We buy organic vegetables because we know they're better for us and so we can support a positive agricultural practice. We won't buy products produced in sweatshops. We like to support small businesses rather than dropping our paychecks at Wal-Mart.
So, buy the same token, why not pick up a copy of Tigers Above, Tigers Below, the latest release by Ellis, whose musical independence and hard work has made her one of the most respected queer musicians today.
Her fourth and most ambitious album yet, Tigers has been compared to early Ani DiFranco and Edie Brickell, no doubt because this Texas expatriate conveys so much in her songwriting -- experiences extracted straight from her young yet turbulent life that seduce with their mature, bluesy hooks. Guest appearances by Travis McNabb (Better than Ezra) on drums and Julie Wolf (DiFranco) on keyboards round out the album perfectly.
This holiday season, support independent music, and gift that special someone with one of the best-kept secrets in folk music today!
Holiday Gift Guide recommendation: Tigers Above, Tigers Below