Out Of The Vault - Joe Ely #2 - March 27, 2014

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Joe Ely is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist whose music touches on honky-tonk, Texas Country, Tex-Mex and rock and roll.  He has had a genre-crossing career, performing with Bruce Springsteen, Uncle Tupelo, Los Super Seven, The Chieftains and James McMurtry in addition to his early work with The Clash and more recent acoustic tours with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, and Guy Clark.


Joe Ely – SHE NEVER SPOKE SPANISH TO ME - (Butch Hancock) – From Joe Ely is the self-titled debut album by Joe Ely, released in 1977 on MCA Records. The album includes several tracks with "near-classic" status among Ely fans, including several written by Ely's bandmates from The Flatlanders. Although The Flatlanders never actually broke up, there would be several decades between their poorly distributed 1972 album and their next release.

Joe Ely – SHE COLLECTED – (Joe Ely) – From his 12th Album “Love and Danger”, 1993.


The Flatlanders – I THOUGHT THE WRECK WAS OVER – (Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely). The Flatlanders are a country band with considerable country rock influence from Lubbock, Texas founded by singers/songwriters/guitarists Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock. They garnered little attention during their brief original incarnation (1972–73), but when the band's three core members later found success in solo careers, interest in The Flatlanders was rekindled, and the band has reformed a few times since.  From Their "Now Again" CD, 2002.

Joe Ely – ROAD HAWG – (Butch Hancock) – From “Musta Notta Gotta Lotta”, Joe’s 5th CD, 1981.

Joe Ely – 95 SOUTH – (Joe Ely) – From “Streets of Sin”, Joe’s 18th album, 2003.


Joe Ely – I’m A THOUSAND MILES FROM HOME – (Joe Ely) – Taken from “Letter to Laredo”, his 14th album, 1995.  Background Vocals by Bruce Springsteen.

Joe Ely – CHARACTER FLAW – (Joe Ely & Patrick Flannery) – From the soundtrack to the movie “Tin Cup”, 1996.


Joe Ely – THE ROAD GOES ON FOREVER (LIVE) – (Robert Earl Keen) – Taken from “Live at Antone’s”, a legendary Austin Venue, Joe’s 17th CD, 2000.

Joe Ely – WORKING FOR THE MAN (LIVE) – (Joe Ely) - Taken from “Live at Antone’s”, a legendary Austin Venue, Joe’s 17th CD, 2000.


Joe Ely – GIVE ME A RIDE TO HEAVEN BOY (LIVE) – (Terry Allen)  Location and Date unknown.

Joe Ely with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Alejandro Escovedo, Arcade Fire, & Low Anthem – THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND – (Woody Guthrie) – Recorded at the SXSW Music Festival, 3/15/12.

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