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JOE ELY DISCOGRAPHY

Albums, CDs and Tapes:

  • DAY'S LULLABY (with Eberhard Schoener and Bruce Gambill)
  • MORE A LEGEND THAN A BAND (THE FLATLANDERS)
  • JOE ELY
  • HONKY TONK MASQUERADE
  • DOWN ON THE DRAG
  • LIVE SHOTS
  • TEXAS SPECIA L (An EP included in the "Live Shots"album)
  • MUSTA NOTTA GOTTA LOTTA
  • HI-RES
  • LORD OF THE HIGHWAY
  • DIG ALL NIGHT
  • MILKSHAKES AND MALTS
  • WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO MARIA
  • LIVE AT LIBERTY LUNCH
  • LOVE AND DANGER
  • CHIPPY
  • LETTER TO LAREDO
  • TWISTIN' IN THE WIND
  • LOS SUPER SEVEN
  • LIVE AT ANTONES
  • COLLECTIONS and COMPILATIONS
  • NOW AGAIN  (THE FLATLANDERS)
  • STREETS of SIN
  • WHEELS OF FORTUNE (THE FLATLANDERS)
  • LIVE 72(THE FLATLANDERS)
  • LIVE FROM AUSTIN DVD(THE FLATLANDERS)
  • I HEARD IT ON THE X (LOS SUPER SEVEN)
  • HAPPY SONGS FROM RATTLESNAKE GULCH
  • SILVER CITY
  • LIVE CACTUS
  • LiIVE CHICAGO 87
  • HILLS AND VALLEYS (THE FLATLANDERS)
  • SATISFIED AT LAST


  • JOE ELY

    Copyright 1977 MCA Records MCAC/D-10219 (Vinyl MCA-2242) Universal City, California After roaming about for a few years, Joe Ely returned to Lubbock, formed a band, developed a huge regional following, signed his first recording contract, then headed to Nashville to document the magic. "It's an impressive introduction any way you measure it, and a revelation considering the times."

    Digitally remastered and re-issued on CD and cassette in 1991.

    • I Had My Hopes Up High (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • Mardi Gras Waltz (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • She Never Spoke Spanish To Me (Butch Hancock) Rainlight Music ASCAP
    • Gambler's Bride (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • Suckin' A Big Bottle Of Gin (Butch Hancock) Rainlight Music ASCAP
    • Tennessee is not the state I'm In (Butch Hancock) Rainlight Music ASCAP
    • If You Were A Bluebird (Butch Hancock) Rainlight Music ASCAP
    • Treat Me Like A Saturday Night (Jimmie Gilmore) ERE Music ASCAP
    • All My Love (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • Johnnys Blues (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP

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    HONKY TONK MASQUERADE

    Copyright 1978 MCA Records MCAC/D-10220 (Vinyl MCA-2333) Universal City, California Rolling Stone listed this as one of the best albums of the Seventies. "Along with the first MCA album, it rates as one of the finest works of a country artist of that decade or almost any other."

    Digitally re-mastered and re-issued on CD and cassette in 1991.

    • Cornbread Moon (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • Because Of The Wind (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • Boxcars (Butch Hancock) Rainlight Music ASCAP
    • Jericho (Your Walls Must Come Tumbling Down) (Butch Hancock) Rainlight Music ASCAP
    • Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown (Jimmie Dale Gilmore, John Reed) Prize Music, Inc./Urn Music/ASCAP
    • Honky Tonk Masquerade (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • I'll Be Your Fool (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • Fingernails (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • West Texas Waltz (Butch Hancock) Rainlight Music ASCAP
    • Honky Tonkin' (Hank Williams) Fred Rose Music, Inc. BMI

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    DOWN ON THE DRAG

    Copyright 1979 MCA Records MCAC/D-10221 (Vinyl MCA-698) Universal City, California A change in producers, from Chip Young to Bob Johnston, and recording location, Nashville to Seattle, lead to a bluesier, darker record than his previous works. "As fine a patchwork of honest American music as has come from any single voice in a long while."

    Digitally re-mastered and re-issued on CD and cassette in 1991.

    • Fools (Butch Hancock) Rainlight Music ASCAP
    • BBQ and Foam (Ed Vizard) ERE Music ASCAP
    • Standin' At The Big Hotel (Butch Hancock) Dr. Livingston I Presume Music BMI
    • Crazy Lemon (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • Crawdad Train (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • In Another World (Butch Hancock) Rainlight Music ASCAP
    • She Leaves You Where You Are (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • Down On The Drag (Butch Hancock) Rainlight Music ASCAP
    • Time For Travelin (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • Maria (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP

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    LIVE SHOTS

    Copyright 1980 MCA Records MCAC/D-10816 (Vinyl MCA-5262) Universal City, California Captures the Ely Band live while touring with The Clash and documents the band at the juncture between the Lubbock honky tonk line-up and the Austin band that recorded Musta Notta Gotta Lotta. Originally released only in Europe, critical demand lead to its release in the United States, with a limited edition bonus EP included. It erased any doubts that Ely wasn't forging country music's future full steam ahead."

    Re-issued in 1993.

    • Fingernails (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • Midnight Shift (Jimmie Ainsworth - Earl Lee) Tree Pub.Co., Inc. BMI
    • Honky Tonk Masquerade (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • Honky Tonkin' (Hank Williams) Fred Rose Music, Inc. BMI
    • Long Snake Moan (Traditional, Arranged and Adapted by Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • I Had My Hopes Up High (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • She Never Spoke Spanish To Me (Butch Hancock) Rainlight Music ASCAP
    • Johnny's Blues (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • Fool's Fall In Love (Butch Hancock) Rainlight Music ASCAP
    • Boxcars (Butch Hancock) Rainlight Music ASCAP

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    TEXAS SPECIAL

    (An EP included in the "Live Shots" album)

    Copyright 1981 SouthCoast Records, Inc. (EPS-33-1736) (MCA 2721) Austin, Texas

    • Crazy Lemon (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • Not Fade Away (Norman Petty - Charles Hardin) MPL Communications, Inc. Wren Music Company, Inc. BMI
    • Treat Me Like A Saturday Night (Jimmie Gilmore) ERE Music ASCAP
    • Wishin' For You (Butch Hancock) Rainlight Music ASCAP

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    MUSTA NOTTA GOTTA LOTTA

    Copyright 1981 MCA Records MCAC/D-815 (Vinyl MCA-5183) Universal City, California This album marked Joe's move from MCA's country to its pop division. Recorded after a tour with The Clash and with a different band, this album rocked more than its predecessors. "In its time it was an utterly original work without comparison in country or rock, and it remains a classic LP that represents the best in Texan rooted rock."

    Digitally re-mastered and re-issued on CD and cassette in 1991.

    • Musta Notta Gotta Lotta (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • Dallas (Jimmie Gilmore) Prize Music, Inc./Urn Music ASCAP
    • Wishin' For You (Butch Hancock) Rainlight Music ASCAP
    • Hold On (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • Rock Me Baby (Shorty Long - Susan Heather) Wren Music Co.,Inc. BMI
    • I Keep Gettin' Paid The Same (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • Good Rockin' Tonight (Roy Brown) Fort Knox Music Co. BMI
    • Hard Livin' (David Halley) ERE Music/Guy Harmonica Publishing ASCAP
    • Road Hawg (Butch Hancock) Rainlight Music ASCAP
    • Dam Of My Heart (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    • Bet Me (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP

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    HI-RES

    All songs copyright 1984 April Music, Inc./ERE Music/Free Flow Music ASCAP MCA Records (Vinyl only MCA-5480) Universal City, California Marked a radical departure into computer-generated ideas and sounds that was years ahead of its time. Originally conceived as a Soundtrack to a LP length video about a cowboy hobo transported to the digital age. Though different from previous efforts, the songwriting added several more titles to the classic Ely library. "The brave new world and the funky old one take a joy ride together and are made more by the other, not less."

    Currently unavailable.

    • What's Shakin' Tonight (Eddie Beethoven, Joe Ely) April Music, Inc./ERE Music/Free Flow Music ASCAP
    • Cool Rockin' Loretta (Eddie Beethoven, Joe Ely) April Music, Inc./ERE Music/Free Flow Music ASCAP
    • Madame Wo (Joe Ely) April Music, Inc./ERE Music/Free Flow Music ASCAP
    • Dream Camara (Joe Ely) April Music, Inc./ERE Music/Free Flow Music ASCAP
    • Letter to Laredo (Joe Ely) April Music, Inc./ERE Music/Free Flow Music ASCAP
    • She Gotta Get The Gettin' (Joe Ely) April Music, Inc./ERE Music/Free Flow Music ASCAP
    • Lipstick In The Night (Joe Ely) April Music, Inc./ERE Music/Free Flow Music ASCAP
    • Imagine Houston (Joe Ely) April Music, Inc./ERE Music/Free Flow Music ASCAP
    • Dame Tu Mano (Joe Ely) April Music, Inc./ERE Music/Free Flow Music ASCAP
    • Locked In A Boxcar With The Queen Of Spain (Joe Ely) April Music, Inc./ERE Music/Free Flow Music ASCAP

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    LORD OF THE HIGHWAY

    Copyright 1987 Hightone Records HCD 8008 (Vinyl HT 8008) Oakland, CA Recorded and produced by Joe Ely at his home studio, this album marked the debut of a new band which included David Grissom on guitars and Bobby Keys on saxophone. "Hard-hitting, stirring and stripped down to the bare rocking essentials, it's some of the best contemporary rock 'n' roll made in the Eighties."

    • Lord of the Highway (Butch Hancock) Rainlight Music/ASCAP
    • Don't Put a Lock on My Heart (Eddie Beethoven) Eiffel Tower Music/BMI
    • Me and Billy the Kid (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music/BMI
    • Letter to LA (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music/BMI
    • No rope Daisy-O (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music/BMI
    • My Baby Thinks She's French (Joe Ely) ERE Music/April Music ASCAP
    • Everybody Got Hammered (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music/BMI
    • Are You Listenin' Lucky? (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music/BMI
    • Row of Dominoes (Butch Hancock) Rainlight Music/ASCAP
    • Silver City (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music/BMI
    • Screaming Blue Jillions (CD only) (Joe Ely) ERE Music/April Music ASCAP

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    DIG ALL NIGHT

    Copyright 1988 Hightone Records HCD 8015 (Vinyl HT 8015) Oakland, CA Pared down to a four-piece band with the departure of saxist Bobby Keys, Ely's well road-tested band quickly recorded this second album for Hightone.

    "As energetic a set as Lord Of The Highway, it's proof positive that Ely's indie label work continued to mark him as one of the true latter-day rock 'n' roll greats."

    • Settle For Love (Joe Ely) ERE Music/April Music ASCAP
    • For Your Love (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music/BMI
    • My Eyes Got Lucky (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music/BMI
    • Maybe She'll Find Me (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music/BMI
    • Drivin' Man (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music/BMI
    • Dig All Night (Joe Ely and Mitch Watkins ) ERE Music/April Music ASCAP
    • Grandfather Blues (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music/BMI
    • Jazz Street (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music/BMI
    • Richman Poorboy (Joe Ely) ERE Music/April Music ASCAP
    • Black Spanish Love Seat (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music/BMI
    • I Didn't Even Do It (CD only) (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music/BMI

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    MILKSHAKES AND MALTS

    Copyright 1988 Sunstorm Records 10 Lesley Court Harcourt Road, Wallington, Surrey SM6 8AZ, England.

    An English Collection of Joe Ely singing Butch Hancock Songs

    • She Never Spoke Spanish To Me
    • Suckin' A Big Bottle Of Gin
    • Tennessee's Not The State I'm In
    • If You Were A Bluebird
    • Boxcars
    • Jericho (Your Walls Must Come Tumbling Down)
    • West Texas Waltz
    • Fools Fall In Love
    • Standin' At The Big Hotel
    • In Another World
    • Down On The Drag
    • Wishin' For You
    • Road Hawg

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    WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO MARIA?

    Copyright 1988 Sunstorm Records 10 Lesley Court Harcourt Road, Wallington, Surrey SM6 8AZ, England.

    An English Collection of Joe Ely Songs

    • I Had My Hopes Up High
    • Mardi Gras Waltz
    • Gambler's Bride
    • All My Love
    • Johnny's Blues
    • Cornbread Moon
    • Because of the Wind
    • Honky Tonk Masquerade
    • I'll Be Your Fool
    • Fingernails
    • Crazy Lemon
    • Crawdad Train
    • She Leaves You Where You Are
    • Time For Travelin'

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    LIVE AT LIBERTY LUNCH

    Copyright 1990 MCA Records (MCAD-10095) Universal City, California Produced by Joe Ely This set recorded in Austin covered almost all facets of Joe Ely's career to date and marked his return to MCA Records/Nashville. It also documents the incredible power of his live performances, songwriting and his band.

    "...the essential Joe Ely album, but even more, it's one of the finest live records made by any artist at any time and place.

    • Are You Listenin' Lucky? (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music (Bug)

    • Barbecue and Foam (Ed Vizard)

    • Bluebird (Butch Hancock) Rainlight BMI

    • Cool Rockin' Loretta (Eddie Beethoven and Joe Ely) ERE/EMI/April ASCAP

    • Dallas (Jimmie Dale Gilmore) Prize/Urn

    • Grandfather Blues (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music (Bug) BMI

    • Letter to LA (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music (Bug) BMI

    • Me and Billy the Kid (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music (Bug) BMI

    • Musta Notta Gotta Lotta (Joe Ely) ERE/EMI/April ASCAP

    • Drivin' to the Poorhouse in a Limosine (Joe Ely) ERE/EMI/April ASCAP

    • Row of Dominoes (Butch Hancock) Rainlight BMI

    • She Gotta Get The Gettin (Joe Ely) ERE/EMI/April ASCAP

    • Where is my Love (Randy Banks) Eiffel Tower Music (Bug)

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    LOVE AND DANGER

    Copyright 1993 MCA Records (MCAD-10095) Universal City, California Produced by Tony Brown and Joe Ely

    • Sleepless in Love (Joe Ely) Sony Songs, Inc./Gypsy Car Lot Music BMI
    • Pins and Needles (Joe Ely) Sony Songs, Inc./Gypsy Car Lot Music BMI Love is the
    • Beating of Hearts (Joe Ely) Sony Songs, Inc./Gypsy Car Lot Music
    • Slow You Down (Joe Ely) Sony Songs, Inc./Gypsy Car Lot Music BMI
    • Highways and Heartaches (Joe Ely and David Grissom) Sony Songs, Inc./Gypsy Car Lot Music BMI
    • The Road Goes on Forever (Robert Earl Keen)
    • Settle for Love (Joe Ely) ERE/EMI/April
    • Whenever Kindness Fails (Robert Earl Keen)
    • She Collected (Joe Ely) Sony Songs, Inc./Gypsy Car Lot Music BMI
    • Every Night About this Time (Dave Alvin)

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    CHIPPY

    Copyright 1995 Hollywood Records (HR-61609-2) 500 S. Buena Vista St. Burbank, CA 91521 Produced by Joe Ely and Terry Allen Music from the Stage Play "Chippy" written and performed by: Joe Ely, Terry Allen, Butch Hancock, Robert Earl Keen, Wayne Hancock, Jo Harvey Allen, and Jo Carol Pierce

    • Good Night Dear Diary - Joe Ely
    • Across the Great Divide - Jo Carol Pierce
    • Chippy - Narration by Jo Harvey Allen
    • Buildin More Fires Than She's Been Puttin Out - Joe Ely
    • Wind's Gonna Blow You Away - Butch Hancock
    • Gonna California - Terry Allen
    • Thunderstorms and Neon Signs - Wayne Hancock
    • Fate with a Capital 'F' - Joe Ely and Terry Allen
    • The Way I Was Raised - A Cappella by Jo Harvey Allen
    • Cup Of Tea - Joe Ely and Jo Harvey Allen
    • Tongues - Narration by Jo Carol Pierce
    • Low Lights Of Town - Butch Hancock
    • I Blame God - Jo Carol Pierce
    • Oil Wells - Narration by Jo Harvey Allen and Joe Ely
    • Cold Black Hammer - Joe Ely
    • BoomTown Boogie - Joe Ely Terry Allen, Jo Carol Pierce, Butch Hancock
    • Back to Black - Wayne Hancock
    • Just Dancin' - Narration by Jo harvey Allen and Barry Tubb
    • Whiskey and Women and Money to Burn - Joe Ely
    • Morning Goodness - Robert Earl Keen and Butch Hancock
    • Angels of the Wind - Terry Allen
    • Roll Around - Butch Hancock
    • Goodnight - Joe Ely

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    LETTER TO LAREDO

    Copyright 1995 MCA Records (MCAC/D-11222) Universal City, California

    The newest record from Joe Ely is a journey through the wild and desolate landscapes and desperados of the Southwestern and Mexican deserts that have been Ely's themes throughout his recording career. This mostly acoustic set is accented by the blazing Flamenco guitar work of European guitarist Teye (pronounced Tie-Ya). David Grissom, Lloyd Maines, Ponti Bone, Davis McLarty, Glenn Fukunaga and Cris Searles add to the Austin Orchestra. Exotic background vocals by Bruce Springsteen, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Raul Malo round out this latest collection. Release date August 29th 1995.

    • All Just To Get to You (Joe Ely and Will Sexton) Eiffel Tower Music /BMI/ Adm. by Bug
    • Gallo Del Cielo (Tom Russell) End of the Trail /SOCAN /Adm. by BUG
    • Letter to Laredo (Joe Ely) EMI/APRIL Music INC. /Free Flow Music/ ERE) ASCAP
    • Run Preciosa (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music /BMI /Adm. by Bug
    • Ranches and Rivers (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music /BMI /Adm. by Bug
    • She Finally Spoke Spanish to Me (Butch Hancock)Two Roads Music /BMI /Adm. by Bug
    • I Saw it in You (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music /BMI /Adm. by Bug
    • Saint Valentine (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music /BMI /Adm. by Bug
    • That Ain't Enough (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music /BMI /Adm. by Bug
    • I Ain't Been Here Long (Bruce Gambill) Bruce Gambill Music /BMI / Adm. by Bug
    • I'm a Thousand Miles From Home (Joe Ely) Sony Songs, Inc./Gypsy Car Lot Music/BMI

     


    TWISTIN' IN THE WIND

    Copyright 1998 MCA Records Universal City, California

    The new Joe Ely album,Twistin' in the Wind, takes up where Letter to Laredo left off, in the mysterious, sometimes dangerous, badlands of the Southwest. Electric guitars reappear and a rowdy tenderness stalks the scenes driven by flamenco guitar, dobro, howling steel and tremelo electric and baritone guitars. Musicians on the new CD include Lloyd Maines, Jesse Taylor, Teye, Mitch Watkins, David Grissom, Glenn Fukunaga, Davis McLarty, Donald Lindley, Chris Searles, Bukka Allen and Squeeze Box whiz, Joel Guzman...

    All song were written by Joe exept 'If I Could Teach My Chihuahua to Sing' which was co-written by Kimmie Rhodes and Gabe Rhodes, and 'Queen of Heaven' which was co-written by Jo Carol Pierce and TJ Nabors. Release date May 12th 1998.

     

    • 1) Up on the Ridge (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music /BMI
    • 2) Roll Again (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music /BMI
    • 3) It's a Little Like Love (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music /BMI
    • 4) Twistin' in the Wind (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music /BMI
    • 5) Queen of Heaven (Joe Ely, Jo Carol Pierce, TJ Nabors) Tornado Temple Music /BMI , Lucky Nakeedress Music/BMI
    • 6) Sister soak the beans (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music /BMI
    • 7) I Will Lose My Life (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music /BMI
    • 8) You're Workin' For The Man (and You Ain't Breakin' Even) (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music /BMI
    • 9) Nacho Mama (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music /BMI
    • 10) Behind the Bamboo Shade (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music /BMI
    • 11) Gulf Coast Blues (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music /BMI
    • 12) If I Could Teach My Chihuahua to Sing (Joe Ely, Kimmie Rhodes, Gabe Rhodes) Tornado Temple Music /BMI, Gracey Rhodes Music / BMI


    LOS SUPER SEVEN

     Summer 1999

     RCA Nashville

    Los Super Seven is a Mexican-American all-star band whose album offers a magical journey into the roots of Mexican music, gathering together musicians of different generations, genres and styles in a rare and wonderful sense of musical and cultural harmony. It features Tex-Mex music legends: Featuring Freddy Fender and Flaco Jimenez, David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, Texas country-rocker Joe Ely, country star Rick Treviño, Tejano music veteran Ruben Ramos, surprise guests like Doug Sahm, and such top Texas musicians as bajo sexto player Max Baca, accordionist Joel Guzman and the mariachi group Campanos de America; it is an experience of rediscovery and renewal for many of the musicians involved.

    1999 GRAMMY WINNER...


    Live at Antone's

     June, 2000

    Joe Ely's live sets have long held mythical status - first around Texas, eventually around the world. Muscular and adrenaline-fueled, Ely's powerful and offbeat mix of rock, country, folk, and Tex-Mex influences never fail to invigorate and surprise an audience. Live at Antone's captures Ely in his element - onstage at a legendary Austin roadhouse - with a band featuring such longtime Ely compatriots as Jesse Taylor (guitar) and Lloyd Maines (pedal steel). Armed with an ace blend of original songs and alt-country classics (from the likes of Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Robert Earl Keen, and Butch Hancock), Live at Antone's is the definitive Ely concert experience.

     

     


    The Flatlanders - Now Again

     Spring 2002

     

    When the Flatlanders' first (and for many years only) album finally received a proper release in America in 1990, 18 years after it was recorded, it was called More a Legend Than a Band . Three decades after those first sessions, Joe Ely ,Jimmie Dale Gilmore , and Butch Hancock , three of Texas' most celebrated singer/songwriters, finally made it back into the studio to cut a second album, and on Now Again the Flatlanders finally sound like an honest-to-goodness band -- -- or at least full collaborators -- in a way they never did before. While Gilmore tended to dominate the songs on More a Legend Than a Band (not surprising, since the band was often billed as Jimmie Dale Gilmore & the Flatlanders ), Now Again sounds a lot more democratic; the glorious waver of Gilmore 's tenor is still the band's strongest vocal presence, but the bluesy bite of Joe Ely 's voice and Butch Hancock 's homey storyteller's twang get a much bigger share of the spotlight, and their harmonies have both the good humor and the Friday-night enthusiasm of a barroom singalong (though with a good bit more precision). With two exceptions, all the songs for Now Again were written collectively by the trio, and the material honors the three distinctive but complimentary personalities on board, from the easygoing roadhouse stomp of "Wavin' My Heart Goodbye" and the down-home metaphysics of "Down in the Light of the Melon Moon" to the bluesy lope of "Right Where I Belong" and the joyously goofy neo-rockabilly of "Pay the Alligator." Rather than sounding like a reunion of some aging cosmic cowboys, Now Again is the work of three singular talents who are also good friends, and the give and take of their musical personalities speaks both for their respect for one another and the understanding of their abilities; in short, this time out the Flatlanders really are a band, and Now Again is an album from them that's strong enough to honor their long-simmering legend. - Mark Deming


    1. Going Away 5:04
    U.Phillips

    2. Julia 4:19 
    B. Hancock

    3. Wavin' My Heart Goodbye 2:38
    Ely, Gilmore, Hancock

    4. Down in the Light of the Melon Moon 4:36
    Ely, Gilmore, Hancock

    5. Right Where I Belong 4:06
    Ely, Gilmore, Hancock


    6. My Wildest Dreams Grow Wilder Every Day 3:04
    Ely, Gilmore, Hancock, Yates

    7. I Thought the Wreck Was Over 2:45
    Ely, Gilmore, Hancock

    8. Yesterday Was Judgement Day 2:44
    Ely, Gilmore, Hancock

    9. Now It's Now Again 3:33
    Ely, Gilmore, Hancock

    10. All You Are Love 2:44
    Ely, Gilmore, Hancock

    11. You Make It Look Easy 3:53
    Ely, Gilmore, Hancock


    12. Pay the Alligator 3:31
    Ely, Gilmore, Hancock


    13. Down on Filbert's Rise 2:33
    Ely, Gilmore, Hancock

    14. South Wind of Summer 4:46
    Ely, Gilmore, Hancock


    Streets of Sin

     Summer 2003

    1. Fightin' for My Life
    2. I'm on the Run Again
    3. A Flood on Our Hands
    4. All That You Need
    5. Run Little Pony
    6. Streets of Sin
    7. 95 South
    8. Carnival Bum
    9. Twisty River Bridge
    10. That's Why I Love You Like I Do
    11. Wind's Gonna Blow You Away
    12. I Gotta Find Ol' Joe


    The Flatlanders - Wheels of Fortune

     Spring 2004

    1. Baby Do You Love Me Still?

    2. Wheels Of Fortune

    3. Midnight Train

    4. Wishing For You

    5. The Eggs Of Your Chickens

    6. I'm Gonna Strangle You Shorty

    7. Back to my Old Molehill

    8. Deep Eddy Blues

    9. Neon of Nashville

    10.Once Followed By The Wind

    11.You've Got To Go To Sleep Alone

    12.Indian Cowboy

    13.Whistle Blues

    14.See The Way

     


    The Flatlanders - Live 72

     Summer 2004

     

    1. The Stars In My Life

    2. Honky Tonk Blues

    3. San Francisco Blues

    4. Long Time Gone

    5. Settin' The Woods On Fire

    6. Love, Please Come Home

    7. You've Never Seen Me Cry

    8. Long Snake Moan

    9. I Know You

    10. Waiting Around To Die

    11. Hesitation Blues

    12. Tecumseh Valley

    13. Walkin' Down The Line

    14. So I'll Run

    15. Bring It Home To Me

    16. Jole Bion

     


    The Flatlanders - Live from Austin TX

     Fall 2004

    Recorded June 21, 2002
    Their first appearance on the show together under the name, “The Flatlanders,” but of course each of them has appeared separately and with each other as special guests many times over the years. What began back in Lubbock, Texas, in 1970, has come back to life in a new century but with every bit of the freshness and creative edginess that made their sound so unique three decades ago. Reuniting after all these years seemed so natural and obvious that the only surprising part is that it took so long!

     


     

    Los Super Seven - I Heard it on the X

     Spring 2005

    Recorded Fall 2004
    Los Super Seven, the rootsy Tex-Mex collective that emerged in the late 1990s, celebrates this edgy, no-holds-barred broadcast phenomenon in its debut Telarc release, Heard It on the X . Recorded in Austin, Texas, the album is a celebration of the freewheeling radio culture that took shape in the 1930s, when AM powerhouses like XERF, XEG, XERB and other American outlaw broadcasters along the Mexican side of the Rio Grande blasted a rich and mesmerizing mix of music, quack medicine, Bible-thumping, political stumping and other huckstering to all points north. Powered by as many as a million watts in some cases, X radio signals reached into nearly every corner of the U.S, and even as far away as Europe and Japan, well into the 1960s.

    Produced by Charlie Sexton, Rick Clark and Dan Goodman, the dozen tracks on Heard It on the X are an accurate reflection of the bubbling, cross-cultural musical stew that characterized border radio: roadhouse blues, horn-driven R&B, mariachi, Texas country swing, jazz, rock and acoustic blues. Along for the ride are Calexico, stylish purveyors of the Southwestern groove, and a host of high-profile artists who share a passion for—and in some cases, a first-hand history with—the border radio mythos. Joining veteran Los Super Seven members, Joe Ely, Freddy Fender, Flaco Jimenez, Raul Malo, Ruben Ramos and Rick Trevino are Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Rodney Crowell, John Hiatt, Lyle Lovett and Delbert McClinton.

    Raul Malo, backed by Calexico, opens the set with The El Burro Song, a mariachi-soaked tale of love gone cold. The ironic opening line My love has fallen and cant get up..., sets the tone for a track thats comical and bittersweet at the same time, while Rodney Crowell heads for the Border along with the legendary Flaco Jimenez on accordian and delivers a sterling performance of the little known but great Buddy Holly song "Learning The Game".

    Joe Ely provides one of the many highlights, weighing in with an uptempo and driving rendition of fellow Texan Bobby Fullers Let Her Dance, a straight-ahead early Border rock blast that evokes that brief era in the mid-60s when a two-and-half-minute pop single by an obscure but ambitious young rocker could set the world on fire. Delbert McClinton delivers a sterling rendition of Talk To Me, the timeless Sunny and the Sunliners ballad (also popularized by Little Willie John) designed to generate romantic sparks on the dance floor—or wherever else young lovers might end up before the evening is over.

    Further in, John Hiatt fires off a punchy rendition of Doug Sahms Im Not That Kat (Anymore), featuring former Sir Douglas Quintet keyboardist Augie Myers, and Lone Star giant Lyle Lovett delivers a lighthearted ode to his native region with Bob Wills My Window Faces the South, a track that features Lloyd Maines on pedal steel and Redd Volkeart on lead guitar.

    Ruben Ramos takes a funkier turn with a churning and gritty rendition of ZZ Tops Heard It on the X, featuring Flaco Jimenez (formerly of the Texas Tornadoes) on accordion. Listen closely to this one and youll catch a few tasty audio bites form the heyday of border radio.

    The album ends with a metaphorical sentiment with Gatemouth Browns performance of Blind Lemon Jefferson's classic "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean"; its presence here imploring listeners to remember an era when the airwaves were wild and free and the unrestricted playlists allowed great American music to reach the world.

    For those tuning in for the first time, Heard It on the X also includes a concise and illuminating history of border radio in the liner notes, penned by Gene Fowler and Bill Crawford, co-authors of Border Radio: Quacks, Yodelers, Pitchmen, Psychics and Other Amazing Broadcasters of the American Airwaves .

    Heard It on the X makes no guarantees about medical or spiritual healing, supernatural insight, political enlightenment, or that extra burst of sexual energy that so many of us are looking for. But if you find the frequency, youre in for an ear-popping slice of radio from the edge at a time and a place where anything goes everything is up for grabs.

    Los Super Seven
    Clarence Gatemouth Brown -- vocals
    Rodney Crowell -- vocals
    Joe Ely -- vocals
    Freddy Fender -- vocals
    John Hiatt -- vocals
    Lyle Lovett -- vocals
    Raul Malo -- vocals
    Delbert McClinton -- vocals
    Ruben Ramos -- vocals
    Rick Trevino -- vocals
    Charlie Sexton, Rick Clark and Dan Goodman -- producers
    Calexico
    Flaco Jiminez
    Augie Myers
    Hunt Sales
    The West Side Horns
    Sauce Gonzales
    Redd Volkaert
    Lloyd Maines

     

    TRACKS

    1. The El Burro Song
     

    2. Cupido
     

    3. Talk To Me
     

    4. I'm Not That Kat (Anymore)
     

    5. My Window Faces The South
     

    6. Let Her Dance
     

    7. Learning The Game
     

    8. The Song of Everything
     

    9. Ojitos Traidores
     

    10. I Live The Life I Love
     

    11. Heard It On The X
     

    12. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
     

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    COLLECTIONS AND COMPILATIONS AND MOVIES

  • THE HORSE WHISPERER (Origional Motion Picture Soundtrack Album)The Flatlanders (Joe Butch and Jimmie) sing a song written together "The South Wind of Summer"@ 1998 MCA Records - Summer 98
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  • HOPE FLOATS (Origional Motion Picture ) - "Dam of My Heart", written by Joe in the 70's makes an appearance in this movie, filmed in South Texas, starring Sandra Bullock, directed by Forest Whitaker, produced by Lynda Obst.
  • TIN CUP (Origional Motion Picture Soundtrack Album) Joe Ely wrote and sings "Character Flaw". Stars Kevin Costner, Renne Russo, Don Johnson and Cheech Marin. Golf till you Die.
  • Oh Boy - From the album Not Fade Away on Decca Records. A tribute to Buddy Holly with the Crickets, Nancy Griffith, Steve Earle, Marty Stewart, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joe Ely, Todd Snider and mony others. ©1996
  • KGSR Live in the Studio - 2 Live Compilation CD's in 1996 and 1997
  • For the Love of Harry (Everybody sings Nilsson) Joe Ely sings "Joy" ©1995
    • Tulare Dust (A Songwriters Tribute to Merle Haggard) Joe Ely sings "White Line Fever" ©1994 Hightone Records (HCD 8058)

    • Brace Yourself (A Tribute to Otis Blackwell) Joe Ely and Sue Foley sing "Great Balls of Fire" ©1994 Shanachie Records (5702)

    • Broadcasts Vol. 2 (KGSR 107.1 Austin-Benefit for The Childrens Advocacy Center) Joe Ely sings "Indian Cowboy" ©1994 plus 4 other KGSR Brodcast CD's 1996 to 2004

    • Across the Great Divide (Songs of Jo Carol Pierce) Joe Ely sings "Queen of Heaven" ©1992 DejaDisc, San Marcos Texas (DJD 3203)

    • Sweet Suzanne (From the John Mellancamp Movie "Falling From Grace" Joe Ely, John Mellancamp, Dwight Yoakum, John Prine and James McMurtry sing "Sweet Suzanne" ©1992 Polygram Records (314 512 004-2/4) CMA Award Winner

    • Southern Rock (Time-Life Music) Joe Ely sings "Lord of the Highway" ©1991 Polygram Records (R139-02)

    • Switch (Origional Motion Picture Soundtrack Album) Joe Ely sings "Are You Listening Lucky" ©1990, 1991 MCA Records (MCAD-10226)

    • Pow Wow Highway (Motion Picture Soundtrack) Joe Ely sings "Lord of the Highway" 1988. Produced by George Harrison

    • A State of Things (Motion Picture Soundtrack) Joe Ely sings "Standing at a Big Hotel" and "Fools Fall in Love" 1981 A Wim Wenders Film

    • THE FLATLANDERS Early recordings of the West Texas Band "The Flatlanders" consisting of Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, Joe Ely, Tony Pearson, Steve Wesson, Tommy Hancock and Sylvester Rice. Originally released only on 8 track by the Sun label, it was reissued by Charley Records in 1981 and Rounder Records in 1990. It featured the combined talents of Lubbock's Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock and Joe Ely, among others. "The group was arguably fifty years behind its time and fifteen years ahead."A classic record in every sense of the word. None of the musicians have ever received a penny in royalties or even union pay for this record. 1972

    • The I-10 Chronicles (Back Porch Records - 48991) Joe Ely sings "Are you Listening Lucky?", "Smack Dab in the Middle", and "Saint Valentine"  ©2000


    • Adam Duritz
      Joe Ely
      Bill & Bonnie Hearne
      Flaco Jimenez
      Charlie Musselwhite
      Willie Nelson
      Eliades Ochoa
      with
      Emmylou Harris
      David Hidalgo
      David Immergluck
      Randy Jacobs,
      Meredith Marshall, Cherokee Rose and Sarah Nicole

    Songs

    1. L.A. Freeway
    featuring Bill & Bonnie Hearne

    2. Carmelita
    featuring Adam Duritz

    3. Everybody's Talkin'
    featuring Willie Nelson

    4. Saint Valentine
    featuring Joe Ely

    5. He Don't Care About Me
    featuring Sarah Nicole

    6. Smack Dab In The Middle
    featuring Joe Ely

    7. New Mexico Rain
    featuring Bill Hearne

    8. Black Magic Woman
    featuring Charlie Musselwhite

    9. El Guateque de Don Thomas
    featuring Eliades Ochoa

    10. Borderline
    featuring Meredith Marshall

    11. Eighteen Inches Of Rain
    featuring Bill & Bonnie Hearne

    12. Yipi
    featuring Cherokee Rose

    13. Are You Listenin' Lucky
    featuring Joe Ely


    • Daddy O Daddy

    Various Artists

    2003

    A collection of rare family songs written by Woody Guthrie and sung by such artists as Billy Bragg and the Blokes, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Joe Ely & Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Cissy Houston, Taj Mahal, Syd Straw, and Kim Wilson. It also features a never-before-released recording of Woody Guthrie reciting the song "Howdy Little Newlycome."


     

  • Duets With:
  • The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go - Recorded Electric Ladyland, NYC 1982. One of the biggest selling records of all time. Mick Jones sings lead. Ely sings all the Spanish Verses with Strummer...
  • Bruce Springsteen - , All Just to Get to You, 1000 Miles From Home (From Letter to Laredo) Settle for Love, Blowin Down This Old Dusty Road, Lonesome Valley, Workin on the Highway, Others (Bootlegs 1993 - 2002)
  • Townes Van Zandt - Bootlegs and Unreleased duets
  • The Wallflowers - Bootleg (Brand New Cadilac)
  • Butch Hancock - Various
  • Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Various
  • Terry Allen - Various
  • Kimmie Rhodes - Just One Love
  • Paul McCartney - At Buddy Holly Broadway Play Party - Bootleg about 1990
  • Tom Russell - Indians Cowboys Horses Dogs - Jack of Hearts
  • Bells of Joy - Sinner Man
  • James McMurtry - Slewfoot
  • Rosie Flores - Love and Danger
  • Los Lobos - Rockin' all Over the World (Unavilable at this Time)
  • Ruben Ramos, Doug Sahm, Rick Trevino, Freddie Fender, Los Lobos - Los Super Seven
  • Linda Ronstadt - Where is My Love? (Unavilable at this Time)
    • Small Stars - That's What God Made Whiskey For
    • Terry Allen - I'm Not That Cat Anymore (Doug Sahm Tribute - Uncredited)



    TEN IN TEXAS

    2005

    Ten new recordings of great old classic country songs.
    All songs written by Texans, including Billy Joe Shaver, Ernest Tubb, and Kris Kristofferson.

    Joe sings the Kristofferson classic, Sunday Morning Comin' Down.

    Produced by Ray Benson.


    • Check Out These Collections:
    • "War and Peace" - Butch Hancock's first solo album in nine years wages epic protest for and against man's two tribal extremes. On one hand, global conflict drags "on and on and on." On the other, amity is in short supply. Not only are the scales of cosmic justice grossly imbalanced, but by even the most basic human standards, Peace should weigh in as the only anvil on the universal Health-O-Meter. While all the names have been torn off the people suits, Antichrist laughs all the way to the bank. Raoul Hernandez, Austin Chronicle Oct. 6, 2006
    • "Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air" a book of interviews by Chris Oglesby of West Texas Songwriters.  "As a whole, the interviews create a portrait not only of Lubbock's musicians and artists, but also of the musical community that has sustained them, including venues such as the legendary Cotton Club and the original Stubb's Barbecue. This kaleidoscopic portrait of the West Texas music scene gets to the heart of what it takes to create art in an isolated, often inhospitable environment. As Oglesby says, "Necessity is the mother of creation. Lubbock needed beauty, poetry, humor, and it needed to get up and shake its communal ass a bit or go mad from loneliness and boredom; so Lubbock created the amazing likes of Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, and Joe Ely."
    • Bells of Joy CD. "Second Time Around" on Dialtone Records. Joe joins the band for a rousing version of "Sinner Man." The Bells of Joy originated in the 1940's and had the first million selling gospel hit in 1951 with the song "Let's Talk about Jesus." The Bells went on to record for Wildcat Records, Chess/Checker and Nashboro Records achieving national recognition for their music.
    • To: Kate: A Benefit for Kate’s Sake, a Christmas Album produced by E Street bassist Gary Tallent. Joe Ely sings a Bob Dylan song, Winterlude, joining a cast of great singer songwriters who pitched in to lend their voices to a benefit Christmas CD.
    • A Case for Case is a tribute to songwriter Peter Case. Joe sings the great Peter Case song, 'Put Down the Gun' as if he is tiptoeing around an emotional train wreck

    Sail Away: The Songs Of Randy Newman

    2006

    New recordings from STEVE EARLE, BELA FLECK, TIM O'BRIEN, SONNY LANDRETH, DEL McCOURY, THE DUHKS, KIM RICHEY, ALLISON MOORER, JOE ELY, SAM BUSH and others.

    Track Listing

    1) Sail Away (Tim O'Brien)

    2) Louisiana 1927 (Sonny Landreth)

    3) Birmingham (The Del McCoury Band)

    4) Rider in the Rain (Reckless Kelly & Joe Ely)

    5) Marie (Allison Moorer)

    6) Rednecks (Steve Earle)

    7) Burn On (Béla Fleck)

    8) Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man) (Sam Bush)

    9) Memo to My Son (Guster)

    10) Political Science (The Duhks)

    11) You Can Leave Your Hat On (Marc Broussard)

    12) Texas Girl at The Funeral of Her Father (Kim Richey)


    A Tribute to Chris Gaffney "The Man of Somebody's Dreams"

    Produced by Dave Alvin

    Joe Ely sings Hound Dog inspired Gaffney tune, 'Lift Your Leg'...


    1. Lift Your Leg -Joe Ely 3:00
    2. Midnight Dream - Boz Skaggs 4:13
    3. Man Of Somebody's Dreams -Los Lobos 3:58
    4. Artesia - Dave Alvin 5:13
    5. Six Nights A Week - Peter Case 3:27
    6. If Daddy Don't Sing Danny Boy - Tom Russell 2:48
    7. Frank's Tavern - Calexico 4:28
    8. Fight (Tonight's The Night) - James McMurtry 3:14
    9. The Gardens -The Texas Tornadoes 3:15
    10. Glass House - Jim Lauderdale and Ollabelle 4:26
    11. Get Off My Back Lucy - Iguanas 3:10
    12. 1968 -Alejandro Escovedo 5:09
    13. King Of The Blues - Robbie Fulks 3:52
    14. Quiet Desperation - John Doe 3:29
    15. Tired Of Being Me - Dave Gozalez 4:28
    16. Silent Partner - Big Sandy and Los Straitjackets 2:37
    17. I'm So Proud - Dan Penn 3:05
    18. Guitars Of My Dead Friends - Chris Gaffney 4:32


    Joe Ely - Happy Songs From Rattlesnake Gulch

    Spring 2007

    1) Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes (Joe Ely) Sony Songs/ Gypsy Car Lot Music BMI 3:37

    2) Sue Me Sue (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music BMI (Adm. by Bug) 3:13

    3) Hard Luck Saint (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music BMI (Adm. by Bug) 5:33

    4) Jesse Justice (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music BMI (Adm. by Bug) 4:26

    5) Miss Bonnie and Mister Clyde (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music BMI (Adm. by Bug) 4:50

    6) Little Blossom (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music BMI (Adm. by Bug) 3:40

    7) Firewater (Butch Hancock) Rainlight Music BMI (Adm. by Bug) 4:10

    8) July Blues (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music BMI (Adm. by Bug) 5:48

    9) Up a Tree  (Joe Ely) Sony Songs/Gypsy Car Lot Music BMI 4:24

    10) So You Wanna Be Rich? (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music BMI (Adm. by Bug) 3:38

    11) River Fever (Joe Ely) Sony Songs/Gypsy Car Lot Music BMI 5:58


    Joe Ely - Indian Cowboy

    Fall 2007

     

    1) Silver City (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music BMI (Admin by Bug) 4:07
    2) Santa Rosa / St. Augustine (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music BMI (Admin by Bug) 3:59
    3) Indian Cowboy (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music BMI (Admin by Bug) 3:12
    4) Wounded Knee (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music BMI (Admin by Bug) 4:27
    5) Cloister Mountain (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music BMI (Admin by Bug) 3:26
    6) Time For Travelin’ (Joe Ely) ERE/EMI/April ASCAP 3:31
    7) I Know Will Never Be Mine (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music BMI (Admin by Bug) 4:12
    8) Drivin' 'Cross Russia (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music BMI (Admin by Bug) 4:17
    9) Windy Windy Windy (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music BMI (Admin by Bug) 1:55
    10) Billy Boy (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music BMI (Admin by Bug) 7:27


    Joe Ely and Joel Guzman - Live Cactus

    Summer 2008

    1) Up on the Ridge (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music /BMI
    2) Slow You Down (Joe Ely) Sony Songs, Inc./Gypsy Car Lot Music BMI
    3) Because Of The Wind (Joe Ely) ERE Music ASCAP
    4) All Just To Get to You (Joe Ely and Will Sexton) Eiffel Tower Music /BMI/ Adm. by Bug
    5) Miss Bonnie and Mister Clyde (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music BMI (Adm. by Bug)
    6) Letter to Laredo (Joe Ely) EMI/APRIL Music INC. /Free Flow Music/ ERE) ASCAP
    7) Where is my Love (Randy Banks) Eiffel Tower Music (Bug)
    8) Ranches and Rivers (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music /BMI /Adm. by Bug
    9) All That You Need (Joe Ely) Tornado Temple Music /BMI /Adm. by Bug
    10) Wind's Gonna Blow You Away (Butch Hancock)
    11) Maybe She'll Find Me (Joe Ely) Eiffel Tower Music/BMI
    12) I'm a Thousand Miles From Home (Joe Ely) Sony Songs, Inc./Gypsy Car Lot Music/BMI
    13) White Freightliner Blues (Townes Van Zandt)


    The Flatlanders - Hills and Valleys

    Spring 2009

    Free the Wind

    Cry for Freedom

    After the Storm

    Don’t You Think It’s Just about Time

    There'S No Way I'll  Never Need You

    Borderless Love

    Homeland Refugee

    Wishin on a Rainbow

    From Loves Own Chains

    Theres Never Been

    Thank God For The Road

    The Way We Are

    Sowing on the Mountain

     


     

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