Tony Ellis’s Quest
He’s one of Steve Martin’s favorite banjo players and SpongeBob SquarePants uses his music.
Inspired by the Ohio river country he loves, Tony Ellis creates music that is praised for its simplicity and lyricism. Ellis, an Ohio Heritage Fellow, has traveled from his home in Circleville to Asia, Europe, and Latin America to delight audiences with the music he first learned from his grandmother.
Rich Baker of WOSU’s Bluegrass Ramble hosts this portrait of an Ohio original.