Ely revisited

Since the recent homegoing of guitar great Jesse Taylor, the turntable here’s been spinning the Joe Ely Band vinyl from the glorious era of Jesse Taylor, Lloyd Maines, Ponty Bone, and all the rest of the Great Ones. Six super-songs have emerged as all-time personal favorites, and only two of them are on the CD compilation at Waterloo’s site called The Best of Joe Ely: Dallas (From a DC9 at Night) and Standin’ at the Big Hotel. Missing are Down on the Drag and, worst omission of all, Wishin’ for You. Of these four, Jimmie Dale Gilmore wrote Dallas and Butch Hancock wrote the other three. Joe’s own I Had My Hopes Up High and I’ll Be Your Fool go on my list. The entire Joe Ely discography, with lots of track lists and composer and publisher information, may be found at his own site. Joe Ely is on the bill for this week’s Pairie Home Companion, broadcasting live from Austin (and so’s Cindy Cashdollar, among others).

2 Comments so far

  1. sf_mark (unregistered) on June 13th, 2006 @ 12:27 pm

    I say Joe Ely many times during the late 70s when I was in Austin. It was a great show back then, that’s for sure.

  2. Rantor (unregistered) on June 13th, 2006 @ 12:52 pm

    Ditto. And that band could (and did) make the lame and the halt get up and DANCE! So much great music and lots of it not ever recorded.

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