Joe Ely grew up in Lubbock, Texas and formed The Flatlanders with Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. Their first album, Now Again, wasn't received well and the three musicians parted ways to pursue solo careers.
Ely released his first solo record in 1977. He later met The Clash while touring London the next year and decided they should launch an American tour together. Ely later provided backing vocals on The Clash's hit single, "Should I Stay or Should I Go?".
Ely has become a legend with his energetic performances and has released a live album nearly every ten years.By 2007, Ely was tired of dealing with record companies and released Happy Songs From Rattlesnake Gulch on his own label, Rack 'Em Records.
Ely rejoined his former members of The Flatlanders to record a new album, Hills and Valleys, due to be released at the end of May.
You can learn more about Joe Ely on his official website and buy his music here.