Joe Ely

Don't judge Texas by George Bush, Rick Perry, the Enron swindlers, the heat, the sprawl, big oil, big hair, the Cowboys, cowboy steaks, SMU's coke habit, Roger Clemens' steroids, or J.R. Ewing's drunken philandering. Judge it by guys like Joe Ely, which, other than Ely himself, include the likes of Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Billy Joe Shaver, Robert Earl Keen, Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings ,and James McMurtry. These guys epitomize what they call Texas music, a mashup of boogie-woogie, straightforward rock, folk, country and south-of-the-border sounds. Beyond their music, these guys can out-drink you, out-think you, kick your ass in your driveway, kill your calf for supper, and steal your girlfriend with a midnight serenade. Guys like this give Texas its swagger, and will charm you against your better instincts. So don't even try and resist Ely, who's among the more accomplished troubadours in this flock. With Son Jack Jr. MIKE SEELY

Mon., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., 2011

 
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