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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