Honky Tonk Masquerade

Honky Tonk Masquerade

by 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 runSee more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/1991
Label:
Universal Mod Afw
UPC:
0008811022020
catalogNumber:
10220
Rank:
134058

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Ely   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Butch Hancock   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ponty Bone   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards
Gregg Wright   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Lea Jane Berinati   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chip Young   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Shane Keister   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer,Moog Lead
Ginger Holladay   Vocals
Steve Keeton   Drums
Lloyd Maines   Steel Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Farrell Morris   Percussion
Lisa Silver Reynolds   Vocals
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Jesse Taylor   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Butch Hancock   Composer
Chip Young   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Larry Boden   Engineer
Paul Milosevich   Cover Photo

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