Alabama, Ely, Alvins release new sounds
Friday, September 18, 2015
– Alabama, Joe Ely and the brothers Alvin top the list of new CDs out today.
Alabama releases its first studio disc since 2001's "When It All Goes South" and 23rd overall. "Wasn't Through Lovin' You Yet" is the first single from the 13-song release.
Dave and Phil Alvin got together for a tribute disc to bluesman Big BilL Broonzy and toured extensively behind it. Now, they return with "Lost Tim," a 12-song collection produced by Dave Alvin and Craig Parker Adams. The set includes a cover of James Brown's "Please Please Please," Willie Dixon's "Sit Down, Baby" and Joe Turner's "Cherry Red Blues," "Wee Baby Blues" and "Feeling Happy."
Joe Ely is back with "Panhandler Rambler," his first release since 2011's "Satisfied At Last." The release features Lloyd Maines (acoustic slide guitar), Gary Nicholson (acoustic guitar) and Joel Guzman (accordions, keyboards).
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Over the past 14 years, Joe Ely has earned a reputation as one of the forebears of that unique branch of Americana borne from the Great State of Texas. Both individually, and as part of the super band, The Flatlanders, he's carved out a career as an essential insurgent, one who once kept company with The Clash while establishing some decidedly cool credentials of his own.
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When you hear some artists' early demos, a phrase that might come to mind is, 'Well, they had great potential.' You won't say that, though, when you hear Joe Ely's demos for his first album, and some songs that later appeared on his third album. No, with "The Lubbock Tapes: Full Circle," you hear an artist that arrived fully formed and in his prime.
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Joe Ely shows no signs of slowing down on his ninth release. Writing all but two of the dozen songs over the past three or four years, Ely is at his best here, painting pictures with words of the Texas that he calls home.
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