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Tinsely Ellis on Being Inspired by B.B. King & Performing in the Lehigh Valley

Tinsley Ellis plays an electric guitar.
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Tinsley Ellis returns to Bethlehem, PA to perform at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks on Friday, July 15, 2022.

Atlanta-born and Southern Florida-raised blues musician Tinsley Ellis talks with WDIY's Neil Hever about getting his start playing music after sitting front row at a B.B. King show; plus Ellis' upcoming concert at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks in Bethlehem, his band members, his unique name, and more.

Tinsley Ellis performs at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA on Friday, July 15, 2022 at 7:30 pm. The free outdoor show will feature songs from his new album Devil May Care along with covers of classic blues including Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Howlin’ Wolf. More information on the show is available at the SteelStacks website.

(Original air-date: 7/9/2022)

Neil began his radio career as a student disc jockey at Muhlenberg college radio station WMUH in 1978. After earning a B.A. degree from the college, he spent the next 13 years in commercial radio and sound production at WSAN, Creative Sound studios and later at WAEB. In 1981, while attending Muhlenberg College, he and another community member joined together to form the first organized group of community radio volunteers in the Lehigh Valley. The group began incorporation meetings in 1984 and spent the next decade building support for a new community based station. WDIY 88.1 FM began broadcasting in 1995. Neil joined the staff in August of 1997 as Program Director and was promoted to Operations Director in February 2008.
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