"I'm kinda like if Patsy Cline sang love songs about girls."
Ellie Perleberg learned to play guitar from classic country jam sessions at the senior center in Up North, Minnesota starting the very moment her fingers were big enough to wrap around the neck of the guitar. She was really small, so that wasn't until she was like twelve, but once she started she never really stopped.
Ellie has been lucky enough to play for and share the stage with her hero Brandi Carlile, and over the last few years has met and learned from talented folks like Matt Hires, Sara Bareilles, Javier Dunn, and Chastity Brown. She attended Grammy Camp in 2009 as a Journalist and in 2012 in the Singer/Songwriter track, where she had masterclasses, lectures, and hands-on experience with Adam Levine, Colbie Callait, Gavin Rossdale, Darrell Brown, Leila Heil, and Chris Sampson.
She got a busking permit for Seattle's Pike Place Market halfway through her first year of college in 2010 and chose “going out busking instead” over class more often than not. She soon moved back to the Cambridge/Isanti area of northern Minnesota and collaborated with local musicians and family. She cites them along with Shovels & Rope, The Lone Bellow, and Delta Rae as inspirations and sound-alikes.
After a few years of hibernating with a guitar and a notebook to develop and discover her sound -- metaphorically, at least, because her time away from the music scene was mostly working office jobs to pay back that year of college while writing and writing and writing -- she would describe her genre now as makeshift Minnesotan country music, about girls and ghosts and the hardest kind of truths.
Ellie currently spends her time between northern Minnesota and the Twin Cities, and works the obligatory day job while busking on her lunch break when the weather is nice. You can find Ellie on SoundCloud , Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Vimeo and Gmail at ElliePerlMusic.