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Happy Songs From Rattlesnake Gulch

Joe ElyAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 6, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rack'em Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Joe Ely awakes from a dream of riding the Pecos with Lilly Langtry on a dirt-bike Harley with dual rifle scabbards and gunning down Judge Roy Bean. As he focuses his waking senses, Ely once again is surrounded by the womb-like motions and sounds of a moving rented tour bus; or is it a jet plane, or the backseat of a taxi, or a freight boxcar? The place is always different but the motion is familiar to Joe Ely, always about to be born into a new adventure. Ely shares kaleidoscopic recollections of his adventures on the road in the songs from his new album Happy Songs from Rattlesnake Gulch. And like the sure return of a comet, Joe Ely hits the road early 2007 with fellow travelers Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, and John Hiatt. For more than thirty years, Ely has performed in thousands of cities in scores of countries, has crossed hundreds of borders, frequently with incident and travails beyond his control. He has stowed away on freight trains and ferries, hitchhiked with poets, hoboes, outlaws and hard-luck saints, and he has cruised in limos and cabs....

Texas maverick Ely will never top his own Honky Tonk Masquerade (1978), a seminal album that defines the best of the Lone Star school of songwriting-and-swagger. But at 60, his quavering vocal remains as urgent, skittish, and distinctive as ever, and he's still a free-flowingly eclectic writer, as capable of a sweet, affecting Cajun love song ("Little Blossom") as an erotic and insinuating blues tune ("July Blues"). Happy Songs from Rattlesnake Gulch is a misleading title for this group of 10 originals and a lively cover of compatriot Butch Hancock's "Firewater," for most of Ely's protagonists carry an air of desperation, either hustling for love or money (the excellent "Jesse Justice," a tough-edged portrait of an itinerant pool shark), or gripping the windowsill of life with grimy fingertips. Too many of the songs here ultimately disappoint--"Miss Bonnie and Mr. Clyde," one of Ely's epic outlaw ballads, is as shot full of holes as the real-life bandits, and "Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes," about the displaced victims of Katrina, fails to elicit either the outrage or the poignancy it seeks. But the hardest-working live entertainer in Texas always finds a way to charm his listener. "Sue Me Sue" wears out its refrain way too soon, yet in laying a "She's About a Mover" riff over some early Elvis rockabilly, the Lubbock Kid connects all the right musical--and emotional--dots. --Alanna Nash

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5.0 out of 5 stars On His Own--Joe Ely Rides Again May 14, 2007
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Now recording on his own label, Joe Ely plans several releases this year, along with an excellent book of poetry and an exhibition of his drawings. "Happy Songs from Rattlesnake Gulch" is undoubtedly the centerpiece of the 2007 effort and would be the centerpiece of most artists' careers. Joe, who just turned 60, continues displaying not only his extraordinary musicality, but his concerned worldview, his offbeat imagination, his wanderer's observations, his wit and finally his sense of hope. He is as complicated, yet down-to-earth as Texas, which has always been his home. Listen to this, his best work in several years, and realize that Joe is also a National Treasure and a singer/songwriter at the very top of his game, celebrating 30 years on top of his craft.
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My first thought was horns, what the heck? But, Joe Ely's one of those singer-songwriters who I'm willing to listen to just about anything he does. While this isn't "Letter to Laredo" it's still not bad--there's a couple of killer lines in each song and some of the songs are just plain killer.

Of course, my favorites of this CD are the outlaw songs. "Jesse Justice" is about a gambling pool playing man and "Miss Bonnie and Mr. Clyde" deals with a partnership between a young man and the infamous duo. These two are what I really hoped for from this one and they're the pick of the litter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Joe Ely May 26, 2014
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I stumbled on this one by accident. I have most of Ey's other releases, as well as Flatlanders material. Any Joe Ely fan will enjoy this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a Breath of Americana September 20, 2012
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any Joe Ely cd is great in my opiniuon..It's country,folk, the best of both worlds. You can listen to it over and over and never get tired of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Joe Ely - Happy Songs From Rattlesnake Gulch May 9, 2007
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A good CD from Joe Ely. Not his best work but still good.
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