Joe Ely’s ‘Southern Eyes’ Video To Premiere on The Alternate Root Website

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.

Formed in 2007, The Alternate Root, is a multi-media company dedicated to the development and advancement of American Roots and the artists, producers, and industry that that work within the format. During nine years of operation The Alternate Root has served the community with The Alternate RootMagazine, Alternate Root TV, ADC Film, Songs With Vision, Americana Media Pro, and the Extended Play Sessions.The American Roots format is an watering hole of traditional American music that draws from elements of folk, country, bluegrass, blues, gospel, jazz, ethnic and rock musical styles. 

Ely given songwriting honor, also named 2016 Texas State Musician


Ely given songwriting honor, also named 2016 Texas State Musician

Ely returns to Cactus Theater with band, still delivering 110 percent

By William Kerns

Any Joe Ely performance is considered thrilling news in Lubbock: the city where Ely met and lived with fellow Flatlanders Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock, formed his first bands and served as home
when he was discovered and
began a recording career.

Of late, many of Ely’s Cactus Theater concerts have been “solo” appearances — actually finding him alongside a friend, such as accordion player Joel Guzman. But Friday’s headliner is the Joe Ely Band.

He will reunite with lead gui- tarist David Holt, drummer Davis McLarty and bass guitar player Jimmy Pettit.

Not that this will affect ticket sales.

Cactus owner Don Caldwell remarked, “Joe’s solo shows and full band concerts sell about the same. But he brings his band along less often. So there is more excitement when that happens.”

It could, however, affect his set list.

Without citing examples, Ely said, “There are a lot of songs that I usually do not play when I’m doing a solo, acoustic concert.”

Songs, one could assume, such as “Cool Rockin’ Loretta,” “Musta Notta Gotta Lotta” and “Fingernails.”

Then again, Ely never has been adverse to exceptions. Studio album “Panhandle Ram-

bler,” released in the fall of 2015, includes a number of softer, introspective songs. Yet he promised to introduce this weekend’s fans to live versions of several.

While Ely, 69, excels at solo shows and guitar pulls, he found fame, at least in part, for the

consistent high-energy level of his live shows. The Joe Ely Band, which for years included the late Jesse “Guitar” Taylor on lead guitar and Lloyd Maines adding a sometimes screaming steel, commanded attention from fans, other musicians and the music media.

This is the musician who showed the Clash around Lub- bock. Ely toured with the British punk band and provided backup vocals on Clash hit “Should I Stay or Should I Go.”

The energy level of Ely’s shows has been compared to the energy

in Bruce Springsteen’s shows. It was only natural that these two band leaders, one from the streets of New Jersey and another from the wind-blown West Texas plains, eventually would be introduced and become friends.

Ely was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance in 2007 by the Americana Music Association.

Actor and playwright Jaston Williams, who has worked with Ely in theatrical produc- tions, told A-J Media this week, “I have al- ways been amazed by Joe’s music. I am one of those who refers to Springsteen as a New Jersey version of Joe Ely.”

Maines, who “played, recorded and toured with Joe from 1973 to 1998,” and continues working with him when their schedules allow, stated, “I’ve played more than 2,000 shows with Joe and I was always amazed at the fact that, when he took the stage, he delivered 110 percent. He still does.

“I remember playing the Roxy in Los Angeles in about 1978. We were booked to open for a very well-known country rock band from the West Coast. It was a two-night booking. After the first night, the headliners told their man- ager that they wanted to play first because they did not want to follow Joe again. Yes, Joe could burn it.”

Ely was inducted onto the West Texas Walk of Fame in 1989. Taylor died in 2006 from complications of hepatitis C, and would be posthumously inducted in 2012.

“Jesse had his own sound and you can’t copy it,” said Ely. “But you sure can use the spirit of it.”

He applauds lead guitarist David Holt for ac- complishing just that, recalling many nights when “David was in front of Jesse, watching everything he did. Then he’d go home and work on those licks.

“David Holt was always there when Jesse was there. I love playing with David. And Davis (McLarty) and Jimmy (Pettit) still make one of the coolest rhythm sections.”

The Texas Legislature proclaimed Ely as 2016’s Texas State Musician, the 14th musi- cian to be so honored.

Not quite a month ago, the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association held its 10th annual Hall of Fame Awards Show, at which Ely, Roy Orbision, JD Souther and Will Jennings were inducted, honored for their songwriting skills.

Ely, humble and appreciative, revealed that he has “always been kind of shy around awards and proclamations.”

Asked if he remembers the first good song he wrote, he said, “No, but I remember the first couple dozen really bad songs. Starting off,

making songs was hard for me. It was hard to make the music sound like the words, or cre- ate the feeling or inspiration I wanted.

“I remember, after I got out of high school, I met Butch (Hancock) and Jimmie (Dale Gilmore), and then I picked up Townes (Van Zant hitchhiking), All of them already were writing great songs. How fortunate I was to cross their paths.”

Davis McLarty, who joined Ely’s band after playing drums for years with The Planets, found it easy to complement the headliner in multiple ways.

He stressed, for example, that Ely “always has been a gracious and patient band leader.”

“In more than 25 years with Joe, I never have heard him utter a harsh word to one of his musicians. That observation may be the most amazing, bordering on unbelievable, in my opinion.”



Joe Ely’s latest album, ‘Panhandle Rambler’ available today on iTunes, Amazon, and in music stores worldwide.

Joe Ely 2016 Hall Of Fame Honoree For The Texas Heritage Songwriters' Association

SOURCE Texas Heritage Songwriters' Association

The late Roy Orbison, Joe Ely, J.D. Souther and Will Jennings to Join Esteemed Class of Texas Songwriter Honorees

AUSTIN, Texas, May 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The tenth Annual Texas Heritage Songwriters' Association (TxHSA) Hall of Fame Awards Show will take place Sunday, February 21st, 2016 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin, Texas.


In collaboration with both the TxHSA and The Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, Texas songwriting troubadourRobert Earl Keen announced a new class of inductees during the Key West Songwriters Festival last week. The TxHSA will honor the late Roy Orbison, Joe Ely, J.D. Souther and Will Jennings in 2016.

These artists join past inductees, who embody the spirit of Texas and its distinctive culture through songwriting, such asKris Kristofferson, Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, and many more. Both Ely and Souther will deliver a featured performance after accepting their awards.

Every year, one person is also recognized for their support of the songwriting community with The Darrell K Royal Texas Music Legend Award.

"The 2016 Hall of Fame show will be a music aficionado's dream," said Joe Ables, Texas Heritage Songwriters' board member and founder of Austin's landmark Saxon Pub. "If live performances from Joe Ely and J.D. Souther aren't enough, just wait until you hear which great artists will be performing some of the incredible songs of Roy Orbison andWill Jennings!"

Sunday's Hall of Fame Awards Show will finish out TxHSA's weekend-long Homecoming celebration, which takes placeFebruary 19-21, 2016, packed with performances from past inductees, Grammy award nominees and recipients, and renowned songwriters and recording artists.

For sponsorship inquiries, contact Meredith Hannon:

About TxHSA:
The Texas Heritage Songwriters' Association (TxHSA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and celebrating Texas songwriters who have played an important role in defining and interpreting Texas' distinctive culture. Started in 2006, TxHSA has annually produced a weekend-long Homecoming celebration, including their Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards Show, a public event which serves as an induction ceremony for its honorees each year.

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