Born in Amarillo
February 9, 1947, Ely spent his formative years from age 12 in Lubbock, Texas,
and attended Monterey High School.
1970, with fellow Lubbock musicians
Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch
Hancock, he formed the Flatlanders. Ely 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.
In 1972, the band released their first and only album, Now
Again.Since the band's initial breakup just after their first
album was cut, the three musicians have followed individual paths,.
but have appeared together on each other's albums.
Ely's own first as a singer-songwriter
was a self-titled album was released in 1977. The album includes
several tracks written by Ely's band mates from The Flatlanders.
The album Joe Ely and the follow-up album, Honky
Tonk Masquerade, helped establish Ely as a solo artist.
In the late 1990s, Ely was asked to write songs for the soundtrack
of Robert Redford's movie The Horse Whisperer, which led to
re-forming The Flatlanders with Gilmore and Hancock. A new album
from the trio followed in 2002, with a third in 2004. The
Flatlanders released their newest album Hills and Valleys on March
n 2011, Ely released the critically
acclaimed album, Satisfied At Last.
In September 2015, Ely released Panhandle Rambler, an album with a
reflective west Texas feel. Lonestar Music Magazine says “the title
fits the record just right, neatly framing a dozen songs that fit
together thematically like a map of both the West Texas landscape
and of Ely’s epic decades-spanning musical ramble.
Ely spent 2016 as the reigning "Texas State Musician", a one-year
designation which he formally accepted in a ceremony at the State
Legislature that spring.
Ely on Wikipedia
Joe Ely Official Site