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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Durtdog, Feb 10, 2012.
One of my favorite Texas troubadours...
Now that's tasty . I'm a big Fan of Mr. Ely. He has such a distinctive sound, you always know it's Joe after only the first bar.
I wish I could map out/prove my relation to him.
I'm sure we're related somehow.
Funny comments on guitar tuning and a cool tele on the left...
I particularly like the records he did with flamenco guitarist (and guitar maker) Teye.
He pretty much always has great guitar players.
A lot of us over here in the UK got turned on to Joe Ely (and country music too) when he toured over here supporting the Clash. It's fair to say that most of the Clash's audience didn't know what to make of Joe and the band when they strode onstage in cowboy hats but they soon won everyone over.
Here's a clip featuring his 80's band including the late, great Jesse "Guitar" Taylor.
That looks a lot like the piano player from NRBQ????
I see that you're from London.
The Ely family originates from approx. 130 km/80 mi from London.
My aunt (my father's sister) traced the Ely name to England.
Additionally, an Ely was a crewmember on the Mayflower.
Do you mean the village of Ely in Cambridgeshire?
Joe was really stoked to see a village with the same name as him nearby when he played the Cambridge Folk Festival a few years back. Had no idea that there was an actual family connection rather than just a village with the same name.
'ow 'bout a couple more...
In the 70's I worked at a radio station along side and was good friends with the bass player and singer of the Maines Brothers band. I didn't know Lloyd Maines as well because he was usually on the road with Joe Ely.
I didn't really know Joe at all but we'd hang out around the same places when he was off the road or playing somewhere close to Lubbock.
He's just another one of those talented west Texas boys. I always like what he's doing.
I don't know about his branch of the family tree, but that's where my aunt's family tree search ended up.
I'm sure the whole fam damily came from there.
Our branch goes England, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas.
I have no idea how Joe Ely's branch runs.
There was a guy that played Tarzan on TV named Ron Ely -don't know much of him, either.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch...
Geez, Liked Joe forever.
"Musta Notta Gotta"
Lock On My Heart
For Your Love
Honky Tonk Masquerade
My Baby Thinks She's French