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Honky Tonk Masqueride

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CD consists of 10 tracks and is distributed by CBuJ Enterprises

1. Cornbread Moon
2. Because Of the Wind
3. Boxcars
4. Jericho (Your Walls Must Come Tumbling Down)
5. Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown
6. Honky Tonk Masquerade
7. I'll Be Your Fool
8. Fingernails
9. West Texas Waltz
10. Honky Tonkin'

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 12, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: June 12, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CBUJ
  • ASIN: B000OQDUJ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Any progressive country collection that doesn't include this album and at least one of the other four albums Ely cut for MCA from 1978-1982 has a serious gap in it.
Ely has absorbed the influences of fellow Texans like Buddy Holly and Waylon Jennings and gone on to produce some of the best honky tonk, Tex-Mex, rockabilly music of his generation.
This, his second album, includes songs written by former Flatlanders bandmates Jimmie Dale Gilmore ("Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown") and Butch Hancock ("Boxcars" and "West Texas Waltz"). But While Ely would on almost all of his albums rely on these two songwriting pals for great songs, Ely's songwriting is equally strong. He begins the album howling at that big, yellow "Cornbread Moon," and later cries in his beer at that "Honky Tonk Masquerade" and eventually brings down the house with the greatest song Jerry Lee Lewis never wrote, "Fingernails."
Ely's signature sound is provided by bandmates Lloyd Maines on pedal steel and Ponty Bone on Accordian.
At only ten songs and 34 minutes, this album may seem skimpy, but this is the kind of music you wish you could hear in your favorite smoke-filled honky tonk as you put back a few cold longnecks. HIGHLY Recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Kinney on April 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Joe Ely was probably 3 or 4 albums into his career before my old record collecting pal Pat in Oklahoma turned me onto him in 1980. After hearing his brilliant synthesis of Country, rockabilly,Tex-Mex and R&B I had to have everything he had recorded up until then, right away. Several dollars later I was the proud owner of both LPs and 8 tracks so I could enjoy Joe Ely at home or on the road. Now many years and many fine recordings later I find that this recording,Joe's second releasese is the one I listen to the most. It contains all of the elements of his music listed above, and he was backed by one of the hottest bands he ever had. There's no filler here, but the songs I love the most are 'Because Of The Wind', 'Boxcars" and 'Fingernails". You can't miss with any Joe Ely release (well you can, but they're out of print) but here's where I started and you won't regret hearing this talented Texan's early work either.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Joe Ely was (and still is) a hugely talented singer and musician who always did things his way. In the late seventies, he recorded three classic country-rock albums. His debut album was untitled, while his third was Down on the drag. In between came this one, which was the best of the lot. Joe's music did not fit easily into any radio station's play list, being too country for rock and too rock for country, but he did visit the UK a few times during the late seventies and acquired a cult following, although it seems that the main interest lies in those first three albums and, to a lesser extent, the fourth album, Musta notta gotta lotta.
Joe Ely wrote many of his own songs but also recorded some fine covers. Often these covers were of songs by fellow country-rockers Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, both of whom have reciprocated by covering Joe's songs. Thus, this album is made up five songs by Joe, three by Butch, one by Jimmie and just one other song, the Hank Williams classic Honky tonkin', which is ideally suited to Joe's style.
The musicians are Joe Ely (acoustic guitar), Lloyd Maines (steel guitar), Steve Keeton (drums), Gregg Wright (bass), Ponty Bone (accordion and piano), Jess Taylor (electric and acoustic guitar), Chip Young (electric and acoustic guitar), Shane Keister (Moog and acoustic piano) and Farrell Morris (percussion). There aren't many singers who would use such a selection of instruments, but that's what makes Joe's music so distinctive.
Cornbread moon is a great up-tempo song to open the set. Because of the wind is a beautiful ballad. Boxcars is a bluesy train song. Jericho (your walls must come tumbling down) is a great upbeat song with biblical metaphors. Tonight I'm gonna go downtown is a wistful ballad. Honky tonk masquerade is a great cheating song.
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