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Joe Ely's self-titled (and currently out-of-print) 1977 solo debut, imbued with his stark, West Texas flatlands milieu, hit many like a Southwest tornado. Since then, Joe Ely has become an admired cult figure who epitomized alt country and Americana years before those terms existed. Each decade, he's been captured onstage, beginning with 1980's Live Shots and 1990's Live at Liberty Lunch, making 2000 the right time for number three. These muscular performances, recorded at Austin's famous roots-music club, show Ely's dauntless energy undiminished by time. Roaring performances of "Me and Billy the Kid," "Everybody Got Hammered," "All Just to Get to You," and his ebullient, gender-bent satire "Nacho Mama" make these old favorites seem new and fresh. Jimmie Dale Gilmore's "Dallas" revisits Ely's days in the Flatlanders with Gilmore and Butch Hancock, and his comparable good taste extends to his masterful interpretations of Tom Russell's cockfight epic "Gallo del Cielo" and Robert Earl Keen's "The Road Goes On Forever." Few artists with similar mileage can maintain their edge in the studio, much less onstage. It's no surprise Ely is one of that select group. --Rich Kienzle

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  • Audio CD (June 6, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B0000258R3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Emory Kane on August 30, 2000
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Artists identified with the Americana music movement draw inspiration from a variety of musical genres including country, blues, cajun/zydeco, and Tex-Mex border music, to name a few. Joe Ely probably exemplifies the results of this kind of creative creolization: his critical success and relative obscurity now spans three decades. He has released three live recordings over the years - each one reflecting the intensity, originality, and sincerity of his career at that particular point in time. "Live Shots" (1980) introduced the original Ely band that opened for the Clash (featuring, among others, Lloyd Maines - dad of Dixie Chick, Natalie); "Live at Liberty Lunch" (1990) showcased the tasteful Texas guitar stylings of David Grissom wrapped around the Ely voice and verve. The latest, "Live @ Antone's," comes in the wake of Ely's best studio work ever ("Letter to Laredo," "Twistin' in the Wind"), a Grammy for his work with the Los Super Seven, and after being dropped yet again from MCA.
The recent live offering blends the old with the new: Lloyd Maines and Jesse Taylor - lifelong buddies from the early years in Lubbock - are back, and are joined by the flamencobilly guitarist Teye and squeezebox master Joel Guzman. Ely has always excelled at selecting songs a step ahead of the curve from up-and-coming songwriters (e.g., Robert Earl Keen's "The Road Goes on Forever" kicks off the set) and at giving new musicians their first shot at national audiences (e.g., Grissom, Teye).
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Rudofsky on June 10, 2000
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Of the hundreds of concerts I've attended, I would rate Joe Ely in the top ten, right up there with B.B. King, Emmylou Harris and Spyboy, Hamell on Trial, Steve Earle,The Holmes Brothers, Ted Hawkins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Dave Alvin. I mention all of these performers because I think if you're a fan of any of them that you will be very much interested in the man and his live album. I caught him last summer with just an acoustic trio and it was a true epiphany. After the show Joe told me to watch for this live album. Well here it is, and man this album is dynamite.LIVE AT ANTONE'S is the third Joe Ely live album, following essential recordings LIVE SHOTS (from 1980 recorded while touring with The Clash) and LIVE AT LIBERTY LUNCH (a marvelous glimpse of three nights in 1989). His latest only repeats 2 songs from those previous sets, the all-time great city pictorial "Dallas" and the surreal acoustic raver, "Me and Billy the Kid" that always gets the crowd revved up.What will impress long-time Ely fans and newcomers alike is the man's conviction, showmanship, vivid songs, and amazing band which features flamenco wizard Teye, roadhouse ax-slinger Jesse Jake Taylor, and steel ace Lloyd Maines (yes that Dixie Chick's father). Most of the songs are drawn from the string of great albums he's released in the past decade, DIG ALL NIGHT,LOVE AND DANGER, LETTER TO LAREDO, and TWISTIN' IN THE WIND. Kicking off with a definitive rendition of Robert Earl Keen's tale of transient lovers, "The Road Goes on Forever", Ely and company journey through the realm in which blues, ranchera, country, rockabilly, and rock and roll meet and mingle, much like the people who love and lose in the most intense ways as the lyrics can attest.Read more ›
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 14, 2000
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The Nineties were not the most productive decade for Texas singer-songwriter Joe Ely. He released only three albums, including 1995's critically acclaimed Letter To Loreda and 1998's equally excellent Twistin' In The Wind. Although Ely has been a critics' darling since his self-titled debut in 1977, it would appear that almost a quarter of a century later Ely is unlikely to break out of his cult status. And that's a crying shame. Ely's current band is making some of the best music of his career and this live recording is highly enjoyable.
The album kicks off with a rollicking version of "The Road Goes On Forever" from 1992's Love And Danger. Next is a trio of songs from Letter To Loredo. The highlight is the story song "Galla Del Cielo" with Teye providing the flamenco guitar. {Ely's webpage refers to the music as flamencobilly.] Another favorite is "Me And Billy The Kid," which also appeared on 1990's Live At Liberty Lunch."
And it wouldn't be complete without including at least a couple songs from his former Flatlanders' bandmates. He does rousing versions of Jimmie Dale Gilmore's "Dallas" and Butch Hancock's "Road Hawg." And in a tribute to another native Texan, Ely closes the set with Buddy Holly's "Oh Boy!"
Much of this band appeared on Ely's last studio album, including Jesse Taylor (lead guitar), Lloyd Maines (steel guitar), Teye (flamenco guitar) and Joel Guzman (accordian). [In fact, Taylor and Maines were cornerstones of Ely's original band which recorded four classic albums for MCA now available from Edsel.]
While each of the studio albums these songs come from deserve to be part of your collection, Ely shines in a live setting and I would recommended his other two live recordings as well. RECOMMENDED
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