Ellers grew up in Rome, Holland and Saudi Arabia, and circled the globe twice before moving back to the United States during high school. After picking up the ukulele on a family trip to Hawaii, Ellers discovered his voice and later landed the lead role in his high school’s production of The Music Man. He grew more serious about the history of American folk music while studying philosophy at the University of Oregon, and began playing acoustic guitar. His new album, “Love Songs, Ballads and Broadsides,” released this year, features new songs and a few oldies from his repertoire never recorded before. Uniting new and old, a classic folk-inspired sound with contemporary innovations, the album’s original compositions bring Ellers’ artistic goals full circle.