Winner of three Downbeat Awards, Ulrich Ellison has been gaining international recognition as an electric guitar player and songwriter whose sounds and tones are on the verge of the blues tradition and contemporary rock. Ellison’s guitar style is both economic and focusing on the essential statement. What underlies his sound is an ethereal quality that takes the listener on a musical journey. Ellison’s song catalogue spans from blues-based jams to pop-infused songs to progressive rock, held together by a charismatic presence and a “take-no-prisoners” rhythm section. Among the numerous achievements rank a nomination for a European Blues Award 2016, 2 Austin Music Awards in the category “Best Blues/Soul/Funk” as well as the 2016 Award for “Best Guitar”.
Legendary guitar icon and 10-time Grammy winner José Feliciano had invited Ulrich to be his musical director and guitar player on his 2018 "50-Anniversary Tour", featuring an international star cast of musicians. As a sideman, he has also played with grammy-nominated songstress Abra Moore, Tex-Mex rock queen Patricia Vonne and "The Voice" - finalist of season 1, Nakia.
Ellison graduated both from University Of Music And Performing Arts Vienna Austria, as well as University of Texas Austin with a MM jazz performance degree. There he studied with some of the finest educators, including fusion jazz genius Alex Machacek, gypsy jazz master Harri Stojka, Wolfgang Muthspiel and Mitch Watkins (Leonard Cohen Band). Ulrich was selected for a Fulbright scholarship in 2006 which enabled him to continue his studies there. Within a year, he produced/engineered albums with UT jazz faculty (Ron Westray's "Fuzzy Dice") and played his own music with them (Brannen Temple, Jeff Hellmer, John Mills).
Ulrich's live show is an extension of what can be heard on Ulrich's 6 studio releases to date. His passion for music comes through in every note that he hits, connecting with his audiences and echoing back from the walls of music venues from Austrialia to Austin, Texas.
Ulrich is a member of The Recording Academy where each year he is a voting member for the Annual Grammy Awards.