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Joe Ely (born February 9, 1947) is an Austin, Texas, honky-tonk/country musician. Ely, born in Amarillo, spent his formative years from age 12 in Lubbock, Texas.

Shortly after high school, in 1970, with fellow Lubbock musicians Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock, he formed The Flatlanders. According to Ely, "Jimmie 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… read more

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  • scotty's daddy
  • I meet Joe, jimmy dale, & butch in Maine when they was on tour . I had moved there from Nebraska. I had six of Joe's cds plus ther first cd more a legend than a band. I told Joe I had a couple of his cds and could he sign a couple. He said I'll sign them all in cool ely fashion . They all signed ther first cd for me .It was a day I will never forget .
  • I was fortunate enough to stumble on to his 1st album way back in 1977. Great body of work. Thanks, Joe!
  • nice
  • Flatlander with the most listeners!
  • Also translator/co-backing-vocalist on 'Should I Stay...'
  • pure Texas music
  • They don't play Joe Ely where I come from.
  • Love him
  • Happy Birthday, Joe!

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