Joe Ely remains the cool rockin' king of the great Texas songwriters--matching Guy Clark's eye for detail with Townes Van Zandt's sensitivity and Doug Sahm's love of the big beat. Twistin'
--which swings from the sublime title track and "It's a Little Like Love" to the silly (but sage) "If I Could Teach My Chihuahua to Sing"--is another notch on his well-weathered belt. And Ely (if not his little dog) is singing better than ever to boot. Twistin'
also features a virtual who's who of Ely's favorite guitar pickers; including steel-man Lloyd Maines, flamenco whiz Teye, and electric thrashers David Grissom and Jesse Taylor. The legend goes on... --Michael Ruby
The opening flamenco flourishes announce Ely's continued love affair with ... soulful gypsy-cowboy music ... [and] roadhouse rock & roll. -- Entertainment Weekly
There's plenty of electric guitar and pedal steel, but accordion, mandolin, dobro, gut-and steel-stringed acoustic guitars, and attenuated echo effects set an intimate tone for Ely's blood-vessel-poppin' intensity. -- Country Music Magazine