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April 16, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Joe Ely – KXCI Presents!
Club Congress, 311 E. Congress Street, Tucson
Joe Ely w/ David Ramirez. In the Copper Hall at Hotel Congress.
I ain’t afraid of dyin’ / I got nothin’ to lose — Joe Ely, “Satisfied at Last”
With Satisfied at Last, Joe Ely has made the album of his life. Literally.”It reflects where I am and where I’ve been,” he explains. “The whole record takes a kind of journey. As you reflect on it, you’re just glad you made it. Everything adds up differently than you had thought it would.”
Musically and lyrically, the song cycle represents a pilgrimage, from the vagabond troubadour’s perspective of the album-opening “The Highway Is My Home” to the spiritual acceptance of the closing “Circumstance” (one of the two songs on the album written by fellow Flatlander Butch Hancock). It’s a homecoming journey as reflected in the pivotal “Not That Much Has Changed” –that finds a restless spirit settling back and taking stock. It expresses the older-and-wiser insights of a seeker who has discovered that “heaven’s here on earth, and so is hell,” as he sings on “You Can Bet I’m Gone.”
“I’m probably as pleased with this record as any I’ve done,” says Ely. “Just like those records in the `80s with the loud rock and roll band felt right at the time. They were boisterous and rowdy and that’s the way I felt then. And this record really sums up where I’m at right now.”
Guitar powered and accordion laced, the music itself is classic Ely, underscoring his status as one of the true pioneers of the alt-country, Americana, “too rock for country, too country for rock” brigade. His boundary-blurring blend of rock, country, blues and folk has sometimes been termed “roadhouse music,” but might most accurately be described as “Texas music,” steeped in the heart of the Lone Star State. Over a career that spans some four decades, he’s been embraced as a kindred spirit by artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt and the Clash.