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Letter To Laredo (CD)

By: Joe Ely (Artist)

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From his early-1970s beginnings with seminal country band the Flatlanders, Joe Ely has seen substantial critical acclaim but only moderate commercial success. His music, which is often described as a bridge between early-'70s country-rock and '90s "New Country," is full of integrity and equipped with a certain timeless quality that marks only the finest rock songwriters. Ely is an acclaimed live performer as well. His style and approach may never produce hits, but his music speaks strongly for itself.

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DISC 1 for Letter To Laredo (CD) Album By Joe Ely (Artist) Amazon.com
1   All Just To Get To You Buy
2   Gallo Del Cielo Buy
3   Run Preciosa Buy
4   Saint Valentine Buy
5   Ranches And Rivers Buy
6   Letter To Laredo Buy
7   I Saw It In You Buy
8   She Finally Spoke Spanish To Me Buy
9   I Ain't Been Here Long Buy
10   That Ain't Enough Buy
11   I'm A Thousand Miles From Home Buy

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As a teenager, Joe Ely wandered about Lubbock, Texas, on weekend nights, listening to the Mexican farm workers strum guitars and sing their lilting corridos. Those formative experiences are reflected in Letter to Laredo, which draws a line of Spanish-American influences--both thematic and musical--from the cowboy music of the West Texas ranch country, across the Rio Grande River to the mariachi music of northern Mexico, and across the Atlantic Ocean to the gypsy music of Spain. In contrast to the hard-edged roots-rock feel of Ely's best known work, this project has an acoustic folk-rock feel, created by the convergence of Teye's flamenco guitar, Ponty Bone's Tex-Mex accordion, Lloyd Maines's honky-tonk steel guitar and Ely's own Dylanesque harmonica. Several of Ely's compositions--most notably "Run Preciosa," "Ranches and Rivers," and the title track--recall Cormac McCarthy's novels about penniless cowboys on the run from the law and angry fathers. In the same vein is Tom Russell's "Gallo del Cielo," a wonderful story-song about a Mexican peasant who steals his village's best fighting cock and carries it across the border in search of his fortune, and Butch Hancock's "She Finally Spoke Spanish to Me," a sequel to an earlier Hancock song recorded by Ely, "She Never Spoke Spanish to Me," which was itself a response to the old standard, "Spanish Is the Loving Tongue." Longtime Ely fan Bruce Springsteen adds high, howling harmonies on two songs, including "All Just to Get to You," a worthy sequel to Ely's "Settle for Love" and "For Your Love." --Geoffrey Himes

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