Joe Ely Duo
Legendary country-rock guitarist, Joe Ely has epitomized the rugged Texas singer-songwriter tradition for more than 3 decades
Honky-tonk, road-house rock, country folk, and a pioneer of the growing alt-country movement. Special acoustic opener, Chicago-based songwriter, now Austinite, Joe Pug.
TICKETS: Reserved $29 Advance/$34 Door
Front-of-House $34 Advance/$39 Door; Cabaret $44 Advance/$49 Door
Hailing from Amarillo, TX, singer, songwriter and guitarist Joe Ely has been making records since 1972. Beginning in bars and clubs around his native Lubbock, Ely later joined his friends Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock in The Flatlanders. By the early 1980s, Ely was on his own again, opening for The Clash, who were loyal admirers of Ely's music.
His rebellious neo-traditional country music crosses multiple genres including heartfelt honky-tonk, Texas country, Tex-Mex and rock and roll. He knows his craft well and is considered one of the most consistently rewarding artists to come out of the Texas scene. Call him what you want – a wandering minstrel, gypsy cowboy, visionary song poet, or houserocker on fire – whatever he is, Ely has achieved cult status and covered a lot of ground in his time.
He has performed with Bruce Springsteen, The Chieftains, Lyle Lovett, John Mellencamp, Los Lobos and John Hiatt. He even sang on The Clash’s hit "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
A member of The Flatlanders, along with compadres Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, he has covered their songs She Never Spoke Spanish to Me, Suckin’ a Big Bottle of Gin, Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown, and Dallas. Among his other well-known songs are Robert Earl Keen’s The Road Goes on Forever, Musta Notta Gotta Lotta, Me and Billy The Kid, Love and Danger, and Fingernails.
He has proved to himself and to a growing number of faithful that when it comes to the mystical process of writing, singing, and performing music, there’s no pretending or holding back. Where he comes from... you put your emotions on the line each and every night.