Honky Tonk Masquerade

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Honky Tonk Masquerade
Ely-Honky Tonk Masquerade.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedMurfreesboro, Tennessee
GenreTexas Country, progressive country, country rock, outlaw country
ProducerChip Young
Joe Ely chronology
Joe Ely
Honky Tonk Masquerade
Down on the Drag
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars [1]
Christgau's Record GuideA[2]
Dirty Linen(favorable)[3]
Music Hound3/5 stars [4]
Rolling Stone4.5/5 stars [5]

Honky Tonk Masquerade is the second album by country singer-songwriter Joe Ely, released in 1978.

Critical acclaim[edit]

Ely's second album has been highly regarded by critics around the world. It was included in the 2005 book, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[6] Writer Steve Pond places the album at number 40 on Rolling Stone's list of "50 Essential Albums of the 70s", calling it "the decade's most sure-footed country-rock collaboration".[7] Pond places the album in the same class as such 1970s "country landmarks" as Guy Clark's Old No. 1, Willie Nelson's Red Headed Stranger, and Terry Allen's Lubbock (On Everything). In addition, New Zealand critic Fred Muller places the album on his list of the top ten "best albums of the rock era".[8]

LP track listing[edit]

All songs by Joe Ely; except as indicated.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Cornbread Moon" – 3:29
  2. "Because of the Wind" – 4:02
  3. "Boxcars" (Butch Hancock) – 4:03
  4. "Jericho (Your Walls Must Come Tumbling Down)" (Butch Hancock) – 2:54
  5. "Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown" (Jimmie Dale Gilmore, John Reed) – 2:12

Side two[edit]

  1. "Honky Tonk Masquerade" – 3:46
  2. "I'll Be Your Fool" – 2:52
  3. "Fingernails" – 2:13
  4. "West Texas Waltz" (Butch Hancock) – 5:03
  5. "Honky Tonkin'" (Hank Williams) – 3:27


Credits as listed in liner notes.[9]



  • Produced by Chip Young
  • Recorded/remixed: Youngun' Sounds Studios, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
    • Engineer – Chip Young
  • Mastering Studio: MCA Recording Studios, Universal City, California
    • Mastering Engineer – Larry Boden
  • Digitally re-mastered at Masterfonics using the JVC Digital Audio Mastering System
    • Engineer – Glenn Meadows


  • Cover photo – Paul Milosevich


In 2000, a remastered edition of Ely's first two albums (Joe Ely and Honky Tonk Masquerade) were released together on a single disk. Dirty Linen reported that this disk was especially worth seeking out since it was (at least at the time), "the only place on two continents you can get Ely's debut". The reviewer described Ely's first two albums together: "Ely's self-titled effort and HTM are a bit leaner than most of his other honky-tonk rockers, with a bit more piano than electric guitar backing his lonesome warble -- dry and forceful as the wind whistling through Waco."[3]

year format record company catalog number
1978 LP MCA 2333
MCA 20378
Cassette MCA MCAC-10220
1995 Cassette Universal Special Products 20378
2000 CD Beat Goes On (BGO) BGOCD502[11]

Notes and sources[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Deming, "Review: Honky Tonk Masquerade", Allmusic (link)
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: E". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ a b "Linen Shorts" [short review of Joe Ely - Joe Ely/Honky Tonk Masquerade and New Riders of the Purple Sage - Gypsy Cowboy/The Adventures of Panama Red], Dirty Linen, 94, June–July 2001, p.79
  4. ^ Music Hound, USA, 1998-99 according to acclaimedmusic.net
  5. ^ Nick Tosches, "Review: Honky Tonk Masquerade", Rolling Stone, 269, July 12, 1978 (link) [note: The album is rated 4.5/5 stars in the Rolling Stone Album Guide, USA, 1992]
  6. ^ Robert Dimery (ed), 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, Cassell Illustrated, 2005 (link to list)
  7. ^ Steve Pond, "The Seventies Reconsidered: 50 Essential Albums of the Decade", Rolling Stone Seventies retrospective issue, 1990 (link)
  8. ^ Fred Muller, "The Top Ten albums: The albums of the rock era", AudioEnz, New Zealand, January 2001 (link Archived 2006-02-11 at the Wayback Machine)
  9. ^ Reporting of the liner notes for this article were from the MCA CD release, MCAD-10220
  10. ^ "Jesse Taylor, guitarist: born Lubbock, Texas 1950; (three daughters); died Austin, Texas 7 March 2006.", [obituary], The Independent, March 11, 2006 (link Archived 2007-02-10 at the Wayback Machine)
  11. ^ This is a remastered disk that combines Joe Ely and Honky Tonk Masquerade onto a single disk.