Texas Legend Joe Ely in Concert
He is a Texas original. Honky-tonk, Texas, Tex-Mex, rock and roll, outlaw country, Americana, folk—the monikers are many for the great Joe Ely.
He sings of distance, about rivers and ranches, of smoldering passions and sad laments, of faraway longing and unrequited love. He sings of journeys that take him from the High Plains of West Texas to dark and mysterious flamenco bars in Spanish Andalusia, where Arab, African, and European influences commingle. And more than once he can be seen and heard chasing hearts and souls south across the Rio Grande.
The voice is that of a man who speaks fluently the patois of honky tonks and jook joints, who can hold an audience around a campfire riveted until the break of dawn, or inspire a crowd of thousands to kick up their bootheels in a two-step or a stomp. It’s a voice that can converse with a pistolero as directly as it conveys intimacy to a lover, or articulates that high lonesome feeling known to everyone who has ever hurt. So pull up a chair, cut a rug, or hit the highway. Listener’s choice. The songs that Joe Ely sings are the stuff that make anyone’s journey something worth remembering.
Also performing is special guest from Chicago/Austin, singer songwriter Joe Pug. Paste Magazine says about Pug: “Unless your surname is Dylan, Waits, Ritter, or Prine, you could face-palm yourself to death trying to pen songs half as inspired as the 10 tracks on Joe Pug’s debut full-length.”
Time: 5:30pm Doors; 7pm Show
2708 J Street Sacramento, CA 95816