Surprising and beautifully sentimental, 'Rural' addresses real issues without preaching or losing sight of the music. Music these days is often too concerned with image; so much so that even heartfelt songs get lost under a deluge of substandard lyrics. 'Rural' is honest, earthy and full of texture. Ellis's vocals perfectly top off excellent compositions.
--Jason Alexander Basson/ May 2013
"RURAL": Rolling Stone
Foot-stomping...elegiac...atmospheric...Personal material of emotional heft... John Ellis has turned in a record of such simplicity and elegance it feels like hes finally come home.
--Diane Coetzer/April 2013