Wednesday, December 19, 2007
– Joe Ely's forthcoming "Live Cactus" has been delayed. The disc was slated for a January 2008 release, but was pushed back until March 11.
The changed allows Ely's independent label, Rack 'Em Records, to meet growing consumer demand, according to Stephen McCord, VP of Sales and Marketing for CBuJ Entertainment. "We had initially planned this as a limited release," said McCord. "We knew it was a great record, but the response has been overwhelming. Simply put, we needed more time to manufacture enough CDs to meet the demand."
,"Live Cactus," recorded with Joel Guzman, incorporates traditional Tex-Mex rhythms, outlaw country, Texas blues and rock. The music was recorded in December 2006 at Austin's Cactus Cafe and features stripped down, acoustic versions of "Up On The Ridge," "Slow You Down," "All Just To Get To You," "Wind's Gonna Blow You Away" and "I'm A Thousand Miles From Home." Texas artist Ryan Bingham joins Ely and Guzman on "White Freightliner Blues."
,"We knew we had captured something truly extraordinary even before we had a chance to listen to the recordings," said Lance N. Webb, who produced "Live Cactus.," "Joe and Joel's performances on this album are truly astounding. While they were on stage, you could just feel both of them dig deeper, and push one another to deliver the very best each of them could give...and that's really saying something when you are talking about two legendary Grammy winners at the top of their trade.,"
Ely started Rack 'Em this year with his first studio album in five years, "Happy Songs From Rattlesnake Gulch." He followed that release with "Silver City," which featured Ely songs written before forming The Flatlanders with Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock in 1972. Ely's book, "Bonfire of Roadmaps," based on excerpts taken from his road journals was released by University of Texas Press in February and is currently in its third printing.