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Joe Ely

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    September 4, 2014

    Joe Ely Apple: A Love Story

    Improbably, Joe Ely is learning to ease up on the gas pedal a little. The Lubbock-bred performer has long been known for live sets and a work ethic both so intense he's often likened to a Lone Star counterpart of his friend Bruce Springsteen. But Ely, a force in Texas music since his days with cosmi ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014

    Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 5/6/2014

    Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 6, 2014 It's fitting that the rooflike shelter hanging above the seats at the Woodlands Pavilion is shaped in a tent spire. Because no one has ever merged the concepts of rock and roll show and religious tent revival like Bru ... More >>

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    April 29, 2014

    Excess of Talent: Meet Austin Super-Ensemble the Eightysixxed

    If Lonesome, Onry and Mean was a betting man, we'd bet our entire bankroll that while Warehouse Live or Fitz are filled to capacity with folks checking out the latest hyped-up, flash-in-the-pan, cover-of-Paste-magazine band that's been in existence, oh, at least a year or two, Austin's worn and weat ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    Acts You Shouldn't Miss at iFest's First Weekend

    Rocks Off asked our staff members who will be covering the Houston International Festival for us this weekend to give us one or two choices for artists they don't want to miss. Forro In the Dark Bud Light World Music Stage, 2:30 p.m. Saturday/Center Stage, 6:30 p.m. Saturday As one of the first ac ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    Last Night: Ryan Bingham at House of Blues

    Ryan Bingham House of Blues March 10, 2013 It's tempting to label Ryan Bingham a "throwback," because nothing he does is especially modern. The former rodeo cowboy's brand of classic rock, country-blues, and flatland boogie feels like it blew in from out of the past, like a dust storm from out beyo ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week

    The Helio Sequence Walters, January 15 The Helio Sequence's indie cred was secured when affable hipster tastemaker Fred Armisen (SNL, Portlandia) recently named last year's Negotiations to his Top 10 list, alongside albums by Bob Mould, Guided by Voices and Dirty Projectors. Only the Portland duo's ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013
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    December 11, 2012

    The Texas 30: The Second Runners-Up, Albums 50-41

    On our computer, Rocks Off has been looking at that damn Texas 30 spreadsheet so long our eyes are frosting over. Monday we said about 400 different albums were spread across the ballots we received from almost 25 music-media wags across Texas. We looked at the sheet again after that and it was actu ... More >>

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    November 13, 2012

    Joe Ely at Dosey Doe Conroe: Not Your Average Shopping-Center Show

    It has been said that the original Dosey Doe recalls a cozier, more tastefully curated Branson, Missouri. To that comparison I often joke that it's more like a giant Cracker Barrel or Saltgrass Steakhouse with world-class in-store performances. But Saturday night at Dosey Doe's new Conroe location ( ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    The First Alt-Country Record? Flatlanders Rediscover The Odessa Tapes

    A lot of stellar music came out of that flat land known as West Texas. Bob Wills, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Terry Allen, Guy Clark, and the Sparkles are just a few artists who found something in the wind, the dust, the heat, the cactus, the mesquite, the sandstorms, the blizzards, t ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Texas Guitar Great David Grissom Digs Way Down Deep

    David Grissom has a résumé that most guitarists can only dream of. From his early days with Hank III in Killbilly, Grissom went on to playing, along with Jimmy Pettit and Davis McLarty, for Joe Ely from 1985 to 1991. A hell-for-leather band that could hang with the Clash or just about anyone else, ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Happy Birthday Joe Ely: The Lubbock Flash Turns 65

    Courtesy LC Media​I was living in Holland in 1977 when my younger brother, who had attended Wayland Baptist University on a track scholarship until booze and girls were discovered in his dorm room, came for a visit. While living in Plainview, his stomping grounds had been the gin joints of Lub ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Out Today: Arctic Monkeys Suck It And See, Black Lips Get Cosmic, Joe Ely Satisfied At Last

    ​This week of new releases brings a Mark Ronson-produced Black Lips album, the country debut of psychobilly idol Nick 13, an inventive career-spanning set from Randy Travis, and another Arctic Monkeys album, continuing their interesting progression from Brit garage brats into muscular rockers ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    iFest's Second Weekend Brings It All Back Home

    Jason WolterTexas Connection: Joe Ely, Lucinda Williams and Townes Van Zandt (not pictured)​See lots more iFest pictures from Saturday and Sunday (and some food) in our slideshows. Yes, it was hot at iFest this weekend. Houston hot. Sunday afternoon, partway through Lucinda Williams' surprisi ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Bobby Keys: iFest Nabs Rolling Stones Sax Maniac

    The Rolling StonesBobby Keys takes an Exile on Main Street breather, Nellcote, France, 1971​Born in Lubbock and raised just east in Slaton, Joe Ely's home town, saxophonist Bobby Keys left Lubbock in 1960 looking for kicks. At 14, he was playing with Bob Dylan influence, Bobby Vee, before movi ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011
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    January 31, 2011

    Joe Ely's Top Five Live Shots, By iFest's Rick Mitchell

    Jason WolterJoe Ely (left) and David Grissom at iFest 2010​Next Friday, Feb. 11, the Joe Ely Band returns to Rockefeller Hall for the first time in more than a decade, since the legendary Washington Avenue showcase club stopped presenting live music to focus on the less risky business of priva ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    Joe Ely, Bobby Womack Top Early 2011 Concert Picks

    Jason WolterJoe Ely (left) and David Grissom at iFest 2010​Lonesome Onry and Mean got a Facebook event invitation Monday that caused us to panic and pull our credit card out so we could be sure we had a ticket. And in doing so, we realized that 2011 is upon us and we have some planning ahead t ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    Five Great 2010 Albums Lonesome Onry And Mean Forgot

    ​Other than it just being a form of lazy journalism, one reason LOM hates making best-of lists is that there are always items that we forgot about, or considered but felt like they just barely didn't make it somehow. Then we wish we had included them. Here are a few more obscure 2010 albums th ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010
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    December 9, 2010
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    November 3, 2010

    Top 10 Honorary Texas Musicians

    West Vita​Right here, right now, and in print all damn week, you can read the Houston Press' interview with perhaps the hottest new band on the South 40, San Antonio's Hacienda (above). Whether or not they go on to become a South Texas Kings of Leon - Hacienda is also three brothers and a cous ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010
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    April 20, 2010

    iFest Aftermath: Not Bad For a Non-Music Festival

    Breaking iFest news: Nigeria's King Sunny Ade & his African Beats have been forced to cancel their entire U.S. tour, including a scheduled appearance Saturday at iFest. According to a press release from the group's PR firm, Rock Paper Scissors, the U.S. Embassy has refused to grant visas to two ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    iFest Aftermath: Joe Ely Band Almost Pulls A Michael Jackson

    Photos by Jason WolterMarcia Ball (left) and Joe Ely get their "Fingernails" dirty.​ Terry Allen once told Aftermath that Joe Ely was his favorite performer. Allen related that Ely would come over to his house in Lubbock and sit on his couch and try out new songs. According to Allen, it didn't mat ... More >>

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    April 13, 2010

    The Gulf Coast At iFest: Joe Ely's Rattlesnake Rock, Soulful Latinology, Voodoo Brass And Creole Zydeco

    Over the next two weeks, Rocks Off will be previewing acts performing at this year's Houston International Festival Saturday and Sunday and April 24-25 broken down by genre (loosely, anyway) and with a guest pick from a true insider: iFest Director of Performing Arts Rick Mitchell. We're doubling up ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    No Longer Bulletproof

    Reckless Kelly look to an old Idaho mentor on new album Somewhere in Time.

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    June 4, 2009

    This Just In: The Flatlanders Cancel Cactus In-Store Gig

    This morning word came from Cactus Music, via a quick MySpace bulletin, that the Flatlanders' in-store performance set for Saturday afternoon has been cancelled. No reason was given for the band backing out of the midday appearance. The roots-rock supergroup, made up of Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmor ... More >>

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    April 14, 2009

    Tonight: The Magpies at the Continental Club

    [A review from the Magpies' January Continental show is here.] My son, a guitar plunker raised on huge doses of Rockpile and Joe Ely, tipped me to the Magpies. He saw them at Hayes Carll's Stingaree Festival about a year ago and pronounced them the hardest-rocking band of the whole soiree. T ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009
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    October 2, 2008

    The Shredder

    One Show, One Sentence

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    August 14, 2008
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    April 11, 2008
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    March 6, 2008
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    December 27, 2007

    Joe Ely

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

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    February 23, 2007

    Playbill: Albert & Gage

    Along with folks like Dana Cooper, Albert & Gage could be poster children for the Kerrville Nation. Christine Albert and Chris Gage are exactly the kind of folk duo you'd imagine if someone asked you to imagine an Austin folk duo. You want some meaningful poetic stuff? They've got it. A little Weste ... More >>

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    January 25, 2007

    Unknown Legend

    Roots renegade Joe Ely never achieved pop stardom, but that's all right by him...sorta

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    December 28, 2006

    Joe Ely and Double Trouble

    Joe Ely performs on Thursday, December 28, at Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838.

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    June 8, 2006

    Joe Ely

    Friday, June 9, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2524 Norfolk, 713-528-5999

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    May 26, 2005

    Jimmie Dale Gilmore

    Thursday, May 26, at Zilkha Hall in the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby, 713-313-2525.

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    February 26, 2004

    The Flatlanders

    Saturday, February 28

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    December 11, 2003

    Rallying Round Al

    Houston pitches in to help an ailing Austinite; also: Dennis Kucinich hits the hip-hop hustings

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    October 10, 2002

    Lise Liddell

    Lovers' Moon (Self-released)

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    May 28, 1998
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    December 25, 1997
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    December 5, 1996
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    December 28, 1995
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    August 31, 1995

    Postmarked Texas

    Joe Ely sends a sad, beautiful Letter to Laredo

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    November 24, 1994
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    August 25, 1994
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