Posts Tagged ‘Joe Ely’

Random Records: Joe Ely – Honky Tonk Masquerade

This is Joe Ely’s breakout album from 1978. The tour for this album was the infamous tour with The Clash in which fans of The Clash didn’t really know what to think of Ely’s straightforward honky tonk. Ely of course is 1/3rd of the legendary great lost country outfit The Flatlanders (along with Butch Hancock, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore). This album is his second, and probably his best. Some say this album is one of the greatest country albums of all time, up there with Red Headed Stranger. It’s even listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and regularly makes Rolling Stone’s best albums lists.

Now it took me a while to get into Ely….and I’m pretty sure it was this album that did it for me. Even now as I listen to it, it’s getting better to my ears. The beer could be helping of course. Which is a great point…this is a great drinking album, with songs ranging from honky tonk weepers like the title track to rockabilly rompers like the Jerry Lee Lewis-esque “Fingernails” (I actually had to check the credits cause I could have swore this was a Jerry Lee cover).  The song I chose to highlight here is the steel drenched “Because of The Wind” because I love the lyrical imagery of this song comparing a woman to the wind blowing from the gulf and himself to the trees bending in that wind. Great stuff there, and ain’t that just like a woman…drink up friends.

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Joe Ely – Because Of The Wind

Texas Week & Songs about Dallas

I’m dubbing this “Texas Week” at ATS because well, I’m in Texas. Dallas to be specific, though next weekend I will be in Austin. So I thought we would kick this off with some songs about Dallas specifically (because there are A LOT of songs about Texas).

So here are a few of my fave songs about Dallas, TX.  What are some of you guys favorite songs about Texas, or even Dallas specifically?

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Johnny Winter – Dallas Forget what you think you know about Johnny Winter and listen to this. Fact is his first couple albums are some of the best raw and dirty Texas blues you are likely to find.


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Charlie Daniels Band – Trudy Forget what you think you know about Charlie Daniels too! His pre-Urban Cowboy stuff is some of the best damned Southern Rock you are likely to find. This song is about getting locked up in Dallas after a bad game of poker


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Ray Wylie Hubbard (with Jack Ingram) – Dallas After Midnight Even though Jack Ingram is now pseudo-pop country, at one time he was a “Texas Country” icon.  Here he is with Ray Wylie singing about some ill-conceived criminal activity late at night in Dallas


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The Flatlanders – Dallas (Live Version) of course I would choose this, it’s the quintessential song about Dallas. This is a live version that is absolutely smokin’….I mean man…best version of this song I’ve ever heard (watch video of it here)


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Jack Ingram (with Steve Earle) – Dallas this is Jacks version of the classic Flatlanders song above, with Steve Earle along for the ride. See I told you he was legit at one time


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Waylon Jennings – People In Dallas Got Hair I don’t know what that is supposed to mean Waylon…but yes, I can confirm that people in Dallas do indeed have hair….except for that one guy walking his bull terrior down Harwood.

Songwriter’s Circle, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 10-2-05 (Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Joe Ely, Dave Alvin, Verlon Thompson)

Hot damn! This is a good one folks. Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Joe Ely, Dave Alvin, and Verlon Thompson just sitting around on stage trading songs and stories. Only thing that tarnishes this show a little is when Steve Earle dares to play a song of his then new album “The Revolution Starts…Now!”, but hey that can be excused….I mean how was he supposed to follow “Desperados”??? Put this one on, turn it up loud, and wish you were there. Shows like these make me really appreciate all the tapers out there. I probably don’t say it enough…..actually I don’t think I ever have on here….but thanks guys….thanks to all the tapers out there who capture these glorious shows. Especially thanks to the ones who know how to do it right.
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Songwriters Circle, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2005

Jerry Jeff Walker & Joe Ely – Live at Antone’s 1983


Here’s some honky tonk for ya. You can almost smell the beer while listening to this one. This thing is cool. Mostly a Jerry Jeff affair but what Joe lacks in quantity, he more than makes up for with quality. The last few tracks feature a few familiar names coming up on stage singing as well.

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Download Jerry Jeff & Joe Ely – Live At Antone’s here