Joe Ely is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist whose music touches on honky-tonk, Texas country, Tex-Mex and rock and roll….who has had a genre-crossing career….while performing with Bruce Springsteen, Uncle Tupelo, Los Super Seven, the Chieftains and James McMurtry….which was in addition to his early work with the Clash…..with more recent acoustic tours with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt and Guy Clark.
Ely spent his formative years from age 12 in Lubbock, Texas, and attended Monterey High School…..for he is a West Texas Boy…..just like our Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile…..so, there is a kindred spirit there…..and since Joe Ely played frequently in Austin, Tx…..where Bone Daddy had his sports bar….they met and saw each other at more than a few “social events” around town. In 1970, with fellow Lubbock musicians Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock (both well known in Austin and BoneDaddy too), he formed the Flatlanders. According to Ely, “Jimmie [Gilmore] was like a well of country music. He knew everything about it. And Butch was from the folk world. I was kinda the rock & roll guy, and we almost had a triad. We hit it off and started playing a lot together. That opened up a whole new world I had never known existed.”….but in 1972, the band recorded their first album…..and then broke up shortly there after ….and would follow their own individual musical paths…..but have appeared together on each other’s albums….as Bone Daddy has seem the three of them perform together on several occasions during the 1970’s and 1980’s.