Joe Ely is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist whose music touches on honky-tonk, Texas Country, Tex-Mex and rock and roll. He has had a genre-crossing career, performing with Bruce Springsteen, Uncle Tupelo, Los Super Seven, The Chieftains and James McMurtry in addition to his early work with The Clash and more recent acoustic tours with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, and Guy Clark.
Joe Ely – SETTLE FOR LOVE -- Written By Joe Ely. Taken from his CD “Love and Danger”, 1992
Joe Ely – ALL JUST TO GET TO YOU – Written by Joe Ely and Will Sexton, from the Joe Ely CD “Letter to Laredo”, 1995. Background vocals by Bruce Springsteen.
Joe Ely – MY EYES GOT LUCKY – Written by Joe Ely. Taken from his CD “Live at the Cambridge Folk Festival”, 1998. Released in 1990.
Joe Ely – UP ON THE RIDGE – Written by Joe Ely. Taken from his CD, “Live at Antone’s”, 2000.
Joe Ely – MUSTA NOTTA GOTTA LOTTA -- Written By Joe Ely. Taken from his CD “Live at Liberty Lunch”, 1990.
Joe Ely – HONKY TONKIN’ – Written and originally recorded by Hank Williams. Hank Williams, born Hiram King Williams, was an American singer-songwriter and musician regarded as one of the most important country music artists of all time. Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one. Taken from the Joe Ely CD “Live Shots”, 1980.
Joe Ely – OH BOY – "Oh, Boy!" was written by Sonny West, Bill Tilghman and Norman Petty, and originally recorded by Sonny West in the late 50s but failed to achieve any commercial success. It was later recorded by Buddy Holly and the Crickets in 1957, at Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico, with Holly singing lead vocals and The Picks providing backing vocals. Taken from the Joe Ely CD “Live at Antone’s”, 2000.
Joe Ely – GOOD ROCKIN” TONIGHT – "Good Rocking Tonight" was originally a jump blues song released in 1947 by its writer, Roy Brown and was covered by many other recording artists. Taken from the Joe Ely CD “MUSTA NOTTA GOTTA LOTTA”, re-mixed and re-mastered, 1981.
Joe Ely – WHENEVER KINDNESS FAILS -- Written by Robert Earl Keen. Robert Earl Keen is an American singer-songwriter and entertainer living in the central Texas hill country. The Houston native has recorded 18 full-length albums for both independent and major record labels, while his songs have also been covered by several different artists from the country, folk and Texas country music scenes, including George Strait, Joe Ely Lyle Lovett, The Highwaymen, Nanci Griffith, and the Dixie Chicks. Although both his albums and live performances span many different styles, from folk, country, and bluegrass to rock, he is most commonly affiliated with the Americana movement. Taken from the Joe Ely CD “Love and Danger”, 1992
Marty Stuart – ME AND BILLY THE KID -- John Martin "Marty" Stuart is an American country music singer-songwriter, known for both his traditional style, and eclectic merging of rockabilly, honky tonk, and traditional country music. Taken from his CD “Hillbilly Rock”, 1989. Written by Joe Ely.
Marcia Ball – FINGERNAILS – Marcia Ball is an American blues singer and pianist, born in Orange, Texas but who grew up in Vinton, Louisiana. She was described in USA Today as "a sensation, saucy singer and superb pianist... where Texas stomp-rock and Louisiana blues-swamp meet." The Boston Globe described her music as "an irresistible celebratory blend of rollicking, two-fisted New Orleans piano, Louisiana swamp-rock and smoldering Texas blues from a contemporary storyteller." From her CD “Blue House”, 1994. Written by Joe Ely.
Chris LeDoux – FOR YOUR LOVE - Chris LeDoux was a Rodeo Cowboy who sang and recorded songs in his spare time and sold his albums from the back of his truck. With his father, he started his own record label, American Cowboy Songs in 1970. Under that label he released 22 albums between 1971 and 1990. After gaining recognition from the 1989 Garth Brooks song, "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" he was signed to Liberty Records, where he released 4 studio albums in four years. He released 6 more albums including a live album under Capitol Records. "Horsepower" in 2003 was his last studio album before his death in 2005. Taken from his CD “20 Greatest Hits”, 1999. Written by Joe Ely.
Joe Ely – IF I COULD TEACH MY CHIHUAHUA TO SING -- From the Joe Ely CD “Twistin’ in the Wind”, 1998. Written by Joe Ely, Kimmie & Gabe Rhodes.