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Honky Tonk Masquerade

Joe Ely

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As strong as Joe Ely's self-titled solo debut was, his second album, 1978's Honky Tonk Masquerade, actually managed to top it, and the album remains one of the great creative triumphs of the Texas singer/songwriter community, as well as a high-water mark in Ely's career. Displaying a very Texan sense of eclecticism, Honky Tonk Masquerade's ten tunes run the gamut from beer-stained weepers (the title cut) and late-night declarations of loneliness ("Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown") to barrelhouse rock & roll ("Fingernails") and honky tonk dance numbers ("West Texas Waltz" and "Cornbread Moon"), and Ely's simple but expressive delivery makes the most of every song he sings. Ely's band deserves a special nod as well, especially steel guitarist Lloyd Maines and Ponty Bone on accordion, who can seemingly conjure up an orchestra or a horn section at will. And as strong as Ely's songs are, he has the good sense to also accept contributions from fellow ex-Flatlanders Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, whose more introspective lyrical approach makes for a satisfying contrast to Ely's more down to earth style. Smart without sounding pretentious, and musically ambitious without losing focus or drive, Honky Tonk Masquerade is a superb album that captures Ely and his band at their best.
© Mark Deming /TiVo

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1
Cornbread Moon (Album Version)
00:03:27

Chip Young, Producer - Joe Ely, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Because Of The Wind (Album Version)
00:04:01

Chip Young, Producer - Joe Ely, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Boxcars (Album Version)
00:04:02

Chip Young, Producer - BUTCH HANCOCK, ComposerLyricist - Joe Ely, MainArtist

℗ 1978 MCA Records

4
Jericho (Your Walls Must Come Tumbling Down) (Album Version)
00:02:53

Chip Young, Producer - BUTCH HANCOCK, ComposerLyricist - Joe Ely, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown (Album Version)
00:02:11

John Reed, ComposerLyricist - Chip Young, Producer - Jimmie Dale Gilmore, ComposerLyricist - Joe Ely, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Honky Tonk Masquerade (Album Version)
00:03:45

Chip Young, Producer - Joe Ely, MainArtist - Earle Ely, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
I'll Be Your Fool (Album Version)
00:02:51

Chip Young, Producer - Joe Ely, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Fingernails (Album Version)
00:02:13

Chip Young, Producer - Joe Ely, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
West Texas Waltz (Album Version)
00:05:01

Chip Young, Producer - BUTCH HANCOCK, ComposerLyricist - Joe Ely, MainArtist

℗ 1978 MCA Records

10
Honky Tonkin' (Album Version)
00:03:26

Chip Young, Producer - Hank Williams, ComposerLyricist - Joe Ely, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

As strong as Joe Ely's self-titled solo debut was, his second album, 1978's Honky Tonk Masquerade, actually managed to top it, and the album remains one of the great creative triumphs of the Texas singer/songwriter community, as well as a high-water mark in Ely's career. Displaying a very Texan sense of eclecticism, Honky Tonk Masquerade's ten tunes run the gamut from beer-stained weepers (the title cut) and late-night declarations of loneliness ("Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown") to barrelhouse rock & roll ("Fingernails") and honky tonk dance numbers ("West Texas Waltz" and "Cornbread Moon"), and Ely's simple but expressive delivery makes the most of every song he sings. Ely's band deserves a special nod as well, especially steel guitarist Lloyd Maines and Ponty Bone on accordion, who can seemingly conjure up an orchestra or a horn section at will. And as strong as Ely's songs are, he has the good sense to also accept contributions from fellow ex-Flatlanders Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, whose more introspective lyrical approach makes for a satisfying contrast to Ely's more down to earth style. Smart without sounding pretentious, and musically ambitious without losing focus or drive, Honky Tonk Masquerade is a superb album that captures Ely and his band at their best.
© Mark Deming /TiVo

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