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Joe Ely On Mountain Stage

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Joe Ely returns to Mountain Stage with songs from his first album of new material in four years, Satisfied at Last. For more than three decades, Ely has epitomized the rugged Texas singer-songwriter tradition. Beginning in bars and clubs around his native Lubbock, Ely later joined his friends Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock in The Flatlanders. By the early 1980s, Ely was on his own again, opening for The Clash, who were loyal admirers of Ely's music. By the '90s, Ely had found a home in the growing alt-country movement, where he's regarded as a pioneer.

Ely's mastery of everything from blistering roadhouse rock to delicate country-folk is on full display during his Mountain Stage set, which includes a staggeringly beautiful cover of Billy Joe Shaver's "Live Forever," and his closing number "Hard Livin'."

Ely is followed by the Mountain Stage band's Bob Thompson, with his rendition of a song made popular by Nat King Cole, "For Sentimental Reasons."

This segment originally aired on June 27th, 2011.

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