Joe Ely

One of the original kings of alt-country is experiencing a renaissance

Joe Ely is experiencing a revival. The continually downtrodden-sounding, Lubbock-based country-rocker, who plays the Verizon Wireless Theater today, re-released some of his much-in demand older solo material on his own Rack ‘Em Records, published his beat author-like journals and, once again, reunited the Flatliners, the all-star band that didn’t know it was an all-star band, breaking up in 1973 before its individual members (Ely, guitarist Jimmie Dale Gilmore and pianist Butch Hancock) found individual success — all in the last year.

It’s a well-deserved boost for the man who proved to The Clash that country rock could be fierce and authentic (Ely played several shows in the South with the London punk legends and sang backup on “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”). Ely has a permanent seat at country rock’s cool table (between John Hiatt and James McMurtry). Catch him during a career peak today at 7 p.m. 520 Texas. For tickets and information, call 713-629-3700 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. $25 to 35.
Fri., Dec. 28, 7 p.m., 2007

 
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