Joe Ely discography

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Joe Ely discography
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Joe Ely (left) and Ryan Bingham in 2008 at Antone's during SXSW in Austin TX. Photo by Ron Baker.
Studio albums18
Live albums5
Compilation albums12
Music videos1
EPs1
Singles19

Joe Ely is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. His discography consists of 18 studio albums, 5 live albums, 19 singles, 12 compilations, 1 EP, and 1 music video. In addition, he has been a performer on numerous albums by other artists.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart Positions Label
US Country US US Heat US Folk
1977 Joe Ely MCA
1978 Honky Tonk Masquerade
1979 Down on the Drag
1981 Musta Notta Gotta Lotta 135
1984 Hi-Res 204
1987 Lord of the Highway Hightone
1988 Dig All Night
What Ever Happened to Maria Sunstorm
1993 Love and Danger MCA
1995 Chippy Hollywood
Letter to Laredo 68 MCA
1998 Twistin' in the Wind 55 MCA
2003 Streets of Sin 51 Rounder
Ten in Texas Icehouse
2007 Happy Songs from Rattlesnake Gulch Rack 'Em Records
Silver City
2011 Satisfied At Last 46 18
2015 Panhandle Rambler 43 24 18

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Chart Positions Label
US Country US US Heat US Folk
1980 Live Shots 159 MCA
1990 Live at Liberty Lunch 57 MCA
1998 Live at the Cambridge Folk Festival EP Strange Fruit
2000 Live @ Antones 66 Antones
2008 LIVE Cactus! (with Joel Guzmán) Rack 'Em Records
2009 LIVE Chicago 1987!

Compilations[edit]

Year Album Label Notes
1988 Milkshakes and Malts Sunstorm Compiles Ely's covers of Butch Hancock compositions.
1995 "No Bad Talk Or Loud Talk" '77-'81 Edsel Compiles tracks from Ely's first 5 albums.
1995 Time For Travelin‘ (The Best Of Joe Ely Volume Two) Edsel Compiles tracks from Ely's first 5 albums that were not included on No Bad Talk Or Loud Talk.
2000 Joe Ely / Honky Tonk Masquerade BGO A compilation of both albums.
2000 The Best Of Joe Ely MCA Compiles tracks from albums starting with Joe Ely through Letter to Laredo
2002 From Lubbock to Laredo: The Best of Joe Ely MCA Selected tracks compiled and annotated by Sid Griffin.
2004 Settle For Love HighTone Compiles tracks from Lord of the Highway and Dig All Night plus 2 bonus tracks.
2009 Down On The Drag/Live Shots BGO A compilation of both albums.
2009 Musta Notta Gotta Lotta / Hi-Res BGO A compilation of both albums.
2012 Lord Of The Highway / Dig All Night Shout! Factory A compilation of both albums.
2014 B4 84 - Pearls From The Vault Series Rack 'Em Records Compiles stripped-down demos from the Hi-Res sessions, including 2 songs that were not included on the Hi-Res album.

EPs[edit]

Year Title Label Tracks
1981 Texas Special MCA "Crazy Lemon" / "Not Fade Away" /"Treat Me Like a Saturday Night" / "Wishin' For You"

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country US MSR
1977 "All My Love" 89 Joe Ely
1977 "She Never Spoke Spanish To Me" / "All My Love" Joe Ely
1977 "Tennessee's Not The State I'm In" Joe Ely
1977 "Gambler's Bride" / "Tennessee's Not The State I'm In" Joe Ely
1978 "Honky Tonk Masquerade" Honky Tonk Masquerade
1978 "Fingernails" / "Because of the Wind" Honky Tonk Masquerade
1979 "Down On The Drag" / "In Another World" Down on the Drag
1980 "Fingernails" / "Suckin' a Big Bottle of Gin" / "Standin' at the Big Hotel" Live Shots
1981 "Musta Notta Gotta Lotta" / "Wishin´ For You" 40 Musta Notta Gotta Lotta
1981 "Dallas" / "Hard Livin´" Musta Notta Gotta Lotta
1981 "Dallas" / "Wishin' For You" Musta Notta Gotta Lotta
1984 "What's Shakin Tonight" Hi-Res
1987 "Lord Of The Highway" Lord Of The Highway
1987 "My Baby Thinks She's French" / "No Rope, Daisy-O" / Lord Of The Highway
1988 "Settle For Love" / "Jazz Street" / "Rich Man, Poor Man" Dig All Night
1988 "Grandfather Blues" / "My Eyes Got Lucky" Dig All Night
1990 "Row Of Dominoes" / "Me & Billy The Kid" Live at Liberty Lunch
1993 "Highways and Heartaches" Love and Danger
1996 "All Just to Get to You" Letter to Laredo
2011 "You Can Bet I'm Gone" Satisfied at Last
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak positions Album
US Country
1992 "Sweet Suzanne" Buzzin' Cousins 68 Falling from Grace soundtrack

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1992 "Sweet Suzanne" (Buzzin' Cousins) Marty Callner
1993 "Highways and Heartaches" Deaton-Flanigen

As a member of the Flatlanders[edit]

  • 1980: One Road More (Charly)
  • 1990: More A Legend Than A Band (Rounder) - initially released in 1976 as All American Music in a limited run on 8-track tape
  • 1995: "Unplugged" (Sun) - recorded in March, 1972
  • 2002: Now Again (New West)
  • 2003: Wheels of Fortune (New West)
  • 2004: Live at the One Knite: June 8th 1972 (New West)
  • 2004: Live From Austin TX DVD (New West)
  • 2009: Hills And Valleys (New West)
  • 2012: The Odessa Tapes (New West) - unreleased 1972 recordings

As a member of Los Super Seven[edit]

  • 1998: Los Super Seven (BMG / RCA)
  • 2001: Canto (Columbia)
  • 2005: Heard It On The X (Telarc)

As composer[edit]

  • 1985: Lisa Rhodes - Shivers (Spindletop) - track 3, "I'll Be Your Fool"
  • 1988: Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Fair & Square (Hightone) - track 2, "Honky Tonk Masquerade"
  • 1988: Guy Clark - Old Friends (Sugar Hill) - track 7, "The Indian Cowboy"
  • 1991: Kelly Willis - Bang Bang (MCA) - track 10, "Settle For Love"
  • 1994: Townes Van Zandt - Roadsongs (Sugar Hill) - track 7, "The Indian Cowboy"
  • 1994: various artists - Howl... A Farewell Compilation Of Unreleased Songs (Glitterhouse) - track 4, "Honky Tonk Masquerade" (performed by Joe Henry)
  • 1998: Ramblin' Jack Elliott - Friends Of Mine (HighTone) - track 2, "Me & Billy The Kid"
  • 2010: John Train - All of Your Stories (Chapter 7) - track 8, "Because of the Wind"
  • 2010: Rod Taylor - Here, There, Or Anywhere (Broken Horn) - track 10, "The Indian Cowboy"
  • 2012: Pat Green - Songs We Wish We'd Written, Vol. 2 (Sugar Hill) - track 1, "All Just to Get to You" (co-written with Will Sexton)
  • 2014: Jason D. Williams - Hillbillies and Holy Rollers (MRI / Rock-A-Billy) - track 5, "Fingernails"

As primary artist/song contributor[edit]

  • 1978: various artists - Kerrville Folk Festival 1978 (PSG) - track 2, "Livin' On A Dry Land Farm" (with Butch Hancock)
  • 1992: various artists - Buddy's Buddys: The Buddy Holly Songbook (Connoisseur Collection) - track 20, "Rock Me My Baby"
  • 1992: various artists - Across the Great Divide: Songs of Jo Carol Pierce (Deja Disc) - track 2, "Queen Of Heaven"
  • 1994: various artists - Brace Yourself! A Tribute To Otis Blackwell (Shanachie) - track 11, "Great Balls of Fire"
  • 1994: various artists - Tulare Dust : A Songwriter's Tribute to Merle Haggard (HighTone) - track 6, "White Line Fever"
  • 1995: various artists - For the Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson (MusicMasters) - track 5, "Joy"
  • 1995: various artists - Texans Live From Mountain Stage (Blue Plate) - track 9, "I Had My Hopes Up High"
  • 1996: various artists - Not Fade Away (Remembering Buddy Holly) (Decca / MCA) - track 8, "Oh Boy!" (with Todd Snider)
  • 2000: various artists - KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 8 (KGSR) - track 2-1, "Dallas" (with the Flatlanders); track 3-3, "The Indian Cowboy"
  • 2001: various artists - Daddy-O Daddy! Rare Family Songs of Woody Guthrie (Rounder) - track 2, "Want To See Me Grow" and track 12, "Tippy Tap Toe" (both with Jimmie Dale Gilmore)
  • 2002: various artists - KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 10 (KGSR) - track 2-1, "I Had My Hopes Up High" (with the Flatlanders)
  • 2003: various artists - Light Of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen (Schoolhouse) - track 2-18, "Working on the Highway"
  • 2003: various artists - KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 11 (KGSR) - track 2-14, "Streets Of Sin"
  • 2006: various artists - A Case for Case: A Tribute to the Songs of Peter Case (Hungry For Music) - track 2-2, "Put Down The Gun"
  • 2006: various artists - Sail Away: The Songs Of Randy Newman (Sugar Hill) - track 4, "Rider In The Rain" (with Reckless Kelly)
  • 2009: various artists - Man of Somebody's Dreams: A Tribute to Chris Gaffney (Yep Roc) - track 1, "Lift Your Leg"
  • 2010: various artists - KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 18 (KGSR) - track 1-4, "Midnight Train"
  • 2011: various artists - This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark (Icehouse) - track 2-1, "Dublin Blues"

Other appearances[edit]

1978 - 1989[edit]

1990 - present[edit]

Sources[edit]