AUSTIN, TEXAS — The Alternate Root, the largest news source for Americana music worldwide, will debut the new video from legendary Texas Roadhouse Rocker, Joe Ely. The video, “Southern Eyes,” is one the tracks from Ely’s highly acclaimed new CD, Panhandle Rambler. Produced by Marirox Productions (Marie Elena Ely, Ari Guerrero, Roxie Rodriguez), the video was shot in Joshua Tree, California just east of Los Angeles.
“It has that 1950’s ‘pulp cinema’ kinda feel,” explains Ely. “It a little campy and a lot of fun.”
The video features several up and coming country-surf-rock and folk musicians including Warren Thomas of The Abigails, Pearl Charles, The Pesos, Julian Neel, Chris Dixie Darling of Father John Misty, Chadwick Brown, Jess Williamson, and a few others.
The video can be viewed here:
Ely, who is the 2016 Official State Musician of Texas and was recently inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association Hall of Fame (along J.D. Souther, Roy Orbison and Will Jennings), is riding high on the waves of critical praise for Panhandle Rambler.
“Best of the month! Ely captures the wonder and desolation of west Texas through a series of allusive story songs that create vivid portraits of oil pumps, boxcars, old hobos and clattering iron trains!” — Rob Hughes / UNCUT
“Panhandle Rambler is a terrific record that’s right up there with the best works of Ely’s career!” — David Menconi / Rolling Stone
“FOUR STARS! Panhandle Rambler seems more inspired than anything Ely’s produced in 20 years.” — Andy Fyfe / Q Magazine
“With an expressive voice and a way with words, Ely stands among the finest musical storytellers. You’ll be glad you embarked on musical travels with this rambler!” — Paul Freeman / Pop Culture Classics
“This Lubbock luminary ranks among the greatest songwriters of his generation.” — Julie Wenger Watson / No Depression
“Ely’s at his best when he’s playing the defining sounds of his home in the vast upper square. Panhandle Rambler will thrill Ely’s faithful, and damn, it ought to gain him plenty of of new converts.” — Tom Clarke / Elmore Magazine
Panhandle Rambler has been hovering in the top 25 of the Alternate Roots Charts for the past several months. It also peaked on The Americana Charts at #2.
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