|Genres:||Blues Country & Bluegrass Documentaries Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||country alt-country singer-songwriter americana texas seen live country rock|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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9 February 1947, Amarillo, Texas, USA. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Ely is one of the most completely realized artists in contemporary country music, especially in the live situation where he excels. His work for MCA Records in the late 70s is latterly regarded as the link between country rock and so-called new country.
Ely moved with his parents in 1958 to Lubbock, the major city of the flatlands of Texas, from which such luminaries as Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings had previously emerged. Ely formed his first band at the age of 13, playing a fusion of country and R&B, before dropping out of high school and following in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie and the writer Jack Kerouac, hopping freight trains and working at a variety of non-musical jobs before finding himself stranded in New York with nothing but his guitar. He joined a theatrical company from Austin, Texas, and travelled to Europe with his theatrical employers...