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Thursday, March 13 • 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Joe Ely

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Joe Ely’s reputation as one of music’s most highly praised live performers has been hard earned. For over 30 years, night after night, in crowded, smoke-filled honky-tonks and rowdy, roadside juke joints, Ely has offered his audiences everything he had to give and then some. Once prompting the GRAMMY winning, Texas roadhouse troubadour to take out an old tattered notebook and muse, “the crowd stood back and looked at us with suspicion, that is, until I turned myself inside out, and served my still-beating heart on a Styrofoam platter”. It is that type of steadfast dedication to his craft that recently led the Americana Music Association to name Ely the recipient of it’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for Live Performance. Over the course of his illustrious career, Ely has hit the road and shared the stage with the likes of The Clash, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, John Hiatt, Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, his well-known band mates in country’s first super group—The Flatlanders — Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore and many more. From the very beginning of his musical journey, Ely has documented and recorded the various eras of his inspired, fiery on-stage performances, starting with the widely acclaimed, Live Shots. An album that Time Magazine called, “The best country album of 1980” and Rolling Stone stated “captures a lot of the go-for-broke power that made Ely’s frequent team-ups with the Clash….seem like a logical alliance”. Ten years later, Ely followed Live Shots with his much celebrated and overtly ambitious Live At Liberty Lunch. Amazon.com’s editorial reviewer, Roy Francis Kasten, writes, “Believe it: This one of the most exhilarating live albums, ever…. Ely sang like he'd never get another chance”. In 2000, Ely further cemented his ‘king of the live show’ title with the much admired, and critic favorite Live at Antone’s. Live Cactus - Ely's latest "documentary" album - is a work that embodies his genre busting, unique mix of traditional Tex-Mex rhythms, outlaw country, Texas blues and good old-fashioned American rock and roll. “We knew we had captured something truly extraordinary even before we had a chance to listen to the recordings,” said Lance N. Webb, who produced Live Cactus. “Joe and Joel’s performances on this album are truly astounding. While they were on stage, you could just feel both of them dig deeper, and push one another to deliver the very best each of them could give…and that’s really saying something when you are talking about two legendary GRAMMY winners at the top of their trade.” Schedule to be released the same week as Austin’s South by Southwest Music Festival, Live Cactus was recorded in December of 2006 at Austin’s renowned Cactus Cafe and features stripped down, acoustic versions of Ely gems “Up On The Ridge,” “Slow You Down”, “All Just To Get To You”, “Wind’s Gonna Blow You Away” and “I’m A Thousand Miles From Home.” Acclaimed new Texas artist Ryan Bingham joins Ely and Guzman on “White Freightliner Blues.” Live Cactus is the latest release from Ely’s Rack ‘Em Records, which he began in 2007 with his first studio album in five years, Happy Songs From Rattlesnake Gulch. He followed that release with Silver City, that featured Ely songs written before forming The Flatlanders with Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock in 1972, but had never been recorded. Ely’s book, Bonfire of Roadmaps, based on excerpts taken from his fabled road journals was recently published by University of Texas Press in February of 2007 and is currently in its third printing.

Thursday March 13, 2008 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Antone's 213 W 5th St

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