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Joe Ely goes his own way

Tuesday, December 5, 2006 – Joe Ely is following the path of other artists and forming his own label. The Texas veteran and member of The Flatlanders is releasing not one, but two albums in February.

"Happy Songs from Rattlelesnake Gulch" is a new disc that comes out Feb. 9, 2007 on Rack 'em. Ely produced the 11-song disc. At the same time, ely also will release "Silver City," a collection of songs that Ely wrote decades ago, but never recorded for release before. Some songs were written before he joined The Flatlanders in the early 1970's.

Ely previously had been on Rounder and MCA Records.

Other artists who have formed their own labels in recent years are Tracy Lawrence, Tracy Byrd and Neal McCoy, who all enjoyed far more commercial success than Ely.

A tour book by Ely also is being published in February by the University of Texas Press.


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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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