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Joe Ely appears on A Prairie Home Companion

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 – Joe Ely and accordion ace Joel Guzman will join Garrison Keillor and crew for A Prairie Home Companion Saturday, May 31, live from Las Cruces, N.M. The program airs in most markets on public radio beginning at 6 p.m. eastern, 5 p.m. central. Ely and Guzman are touring in support of their new release, "Live Cactus!," which features stripped down versions of some Ely classics, backed only with guitar and accordion. The music was recorded live last year at Austin's Cactus Cafe.

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CD review - Love in the Midst of Mayhem Over the past 14 years, Joe Ely has earned a reputation as one of the forebears of that unique branch of Americana borne from the Great State of Texas. Both individually, and as part of the super band, The Flatlanders, he's carved out a career as an essential insurgent, one who once kept company with The Clash while establishing some decidedly cool credentials of his own. While the title might suggest otherwise, the hastily released "Love in the Midst of Mayhem" finds ...
CD review - The Lubbock Tapes: Full Circle When you hear some artists' early demos, a phrase that might come to mind is, 'Well, they had great potential.' You won't say that, though, when you hear Joe Ely's demos for his first album, and some songs that later appeared on his third album. No, with "The Lubbock Tapes: Full Circle," you hear an artist that arrived fully formed and in his prime. You can hear Ely's struggle to graduate from talented Texan, to Nashville (star hopeful) with the downhearted ...
CD review - Panhandle Rambler Joe Ely shows no signs of slowing down on his ninth release. Writing all but two of the dozen songs over the past three or four years, Ely is at his best here, painting pictures with words of the Texas that he calls home. The title belies the scope of this album, with its contents illustrating a panorama of Texas landscape and citizenry (legal and otherwise), including those from just south of the border as well. Standouts abound: "Four Ol' Brokes," a tale of poker, train yards, ...


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