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Joe Ely Band

When: Sat., June 18, 8:30 p.m. 2011

"It always begins in dusty west Texas," says Joe Ely, a dean of the Texas Country school. "There's no trees, no hills, no horizon. It's just flat and that wide open space gives me something to fill up." Raised in Lubbock and inspired by Buddy Holly, Ely rode the rails as a youth while indulging his rock 'n' roll heart. Meeting his Flatlanders mates (Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock) exposed him to folk, blues and country, sounds that came to populate his stories of windblown strangers, hard-luck losers and blue-collar grinders. He blends his influences well, equally likely to rock your heart as break it in two.—Chris Parker

Price: $24-28

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