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Joe Ely Releases Love In The Midst Of Mayhem

Texas Music LegendJoe Elywill release a new album,Love in the Midst of Mayhem, onFriday, April 17. The album will be made available in a digital format by Smith Entertainment and will be found on iTunes,amazon.com, Spotify, Pandora and more.

Love in the Midst of Mayhem features 10 recordings finished during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.

“When
everything shut down, there were times for me that were absolutely
maddening,” Ely said. “I was sleeping more than I should. Finally, my
wife, Sharon, and I decided we should focus our energy on what we do
best.”

Ely turned his attention to writing and recording. Love in the Midst of Mayhem is
a collection that reflects his mindset over the past couple of
months. “We had so much time on our hands with everything shut down,” he
said. “Initially, I was only going to release a couple of songs, but
more songs kept coming together that fit where we are in the world right
now.”

“It’s put together straight from the emergency we have right now,” says longtime Ely friend and acclaimed artistTerry Allen. “Every song is about love, for love, to love and with love… love when we need it most. Love in the Midst of Mayhemis not just a joy to listen to, it’s a necessity.”

The release ofLove in the Midst of Mayhemis a bit unconventional in the world of record releases. “These are
different times,” Ely adds. “I wanted these songs to be heard now rather
than in six months.”

Joining
Ely on the album are guitarists Mitch Watkins, Rob Gjersoe, Bradley
Kopp, bassists Roscoe Beck, Glen Fukunaga, Gary Herman, Jimmy Pettit,
drummers Davis McLarty, Pat Manske, Steve Meador, keyboardists Joel
Guzman (also on accordion), the late Reese Wynans and the late Bill
Ginn.

“There are a lot of wonderful songs onLove in the Midst of Mayhem,” said actress and writerJo Harvey Allen.
“I especially love ‘You Can Rely On Me’ – so sweet a song. As always we
can rely on Joe and in this time of Pandemic appreciate his music even
more.”

From
the moment he made his debut in the 1970s, Joe Ely has blended
rock-and-roll sensibilities to hardcore honky tonk and become one of the
most recognizable and respected artists to hail from the Lonestar
state.

Growing
up on the vast and empty plains of West Texas, his legend was forged
onstage with relentlessly riveting live performances, hammered out over
thousands of shows and countless touring miles from Lubbock to London
and back again the long way around.

He
has been embraced as a kindred spirit by artists as diverse as Bruce
Springsteen, Tom Petty, Linda Ronstadt and The Clash. Over his
four-decade career, the multi-award-winning Ely has been at the
forefront of Outlaw Country, Alt-Country, Texas Country and Americana,
and recognized as one of the best songwriters of his generation.

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