Southland Ballroom – Opening for Joe Ely

Wednesday -
June
18,
2014
Doors at 7:00 pm
Southland Ballroom
Raleigh, NC

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Singer/Songwriter, Reagan Boggs starts the show with a 30-minute set prior to Lucette and "Texas Music" legend, Joe Ely.

Boggs' current album "Quicksand" emerged in the top 40 of the Americana Music Chart, and has been receiving accolades from critics. Wayne Bledsoe of the Knoxville News Sentinel wrote, "Reagan Boggs is exactly what modern country radio is missing." Lee Zimmerman of NoDepression compared Boggs to such legendary singers as Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, describing her voice as "filtered through a mix of hard-wrought emotion and soothing sensitivity, the kind that breeds great balladry and stirs the senses simultaneously."

Everybody else romances the road. Joe Ely lives it. Call him what you want – a wandering minstrel, gypsy cowboy, visionary song poet, or houserocker on fire – whatever he is, Ely’s covered a lot of ground in his time. He really has ridden the rails (in a circus train, no less), thumbed his way across the country, hopped boats to exotic foreign lands, and ridden horses across the prairie. All part of the relentless quest for revelation that only a journey can satisfy.

Those sort of restless yearnings come naturally to a boy from Lubbock, Texas, where the flat dusty landscape, endless sky and vast horizons have inspired several generations of young creative types to fill up all that empty space with music, as Buddy Holly did, as did Waylon Jennings, and Roy Orbison all the way to the current Lubbock Mob consisting of Ely and his compadres Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, and Terry Allen. Like them, Joe Ely has proved to himself before he proved to a growing number of faithful that when it comes to the mystical process of writing, singing, and performing music, there’s no pretending or holding back. Where he comes from, you put your emotions ofn the line each and every night.

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