Sam's Burger Joint Presents:
Fri, April 21, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmSam's Burger Joint
$20.00 - $70.00
This event is 18 and over
Seating NOT GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final.
All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. - $20 Advance/ $25 Day of Show/ $70 Reserved Booth
It is a land where you can see for miles and miles and miles. Only those who don’t know it find it barren. For it’s full of stories if you know where to seek them. And it has customs and amusements all its own. Even the forever dipping oil wells have their role. “In high school, we used to get somebody to buy us a six pack and go out there to the fields and ride the front part of those oil pumps all night long,” Joe remembers.
Now, Ely lives in Austin and spends much of his life on the road. But when he’s accumulated enough song ideas, Lubbock is where Joe heads. “Somehow, just driv- ing for hours down those country roads is still the best place for me finish my songs.”
Panhandle Rambler is one of the most personal albums Joe Ely’s ever made. It brings forth this terrain, the spirited people it produces and that special sense of destiny, be it terrible or glorious, that its very vastness creates. “Wounded Creek” starts the album with what you might call a Western fantasy, except that the “bushes and the brambles,” the traffic light, the stray dog and the cold wind are all completely brought to life.
“Sometimes, when I was a kid, you’d look outside and the only things you’d see would be these huge radio towers, must have been fifty of a hundred feet tall, just swaying in the wind,” Joe said. “Won- derin’ Where,” perhaps Panhandle Rambler’s most beautiful melody, pays tribute those trembling towers, the railroads which carried other things equally uni- maginable distances, the “cross between a river and a stream” where he played, and the dreams and nightmares that flitted across that kid’s mind and heart, and the loneliness of bearing such secrets. If it is possible to write a love song for a place, this is one of the great ones, “trying to find a verse that’s never been sung to hearts that need relief.”
This past winter i went into Silkworm Sound in Durham, N.C. and laid down an album comprised of what i thought were the best of these tunes that would come together to form a cohesive record. With my buddies Ryan Johnson and Whit Wright at the helm (both members of one of my favorite bands American Aquarium), we spent a couple weeks churning out some great material (all while living off cheese tortillas, whiskey and sleeping on their couches).
Under the banner of my own label DreamCar Records and through a partnership with PledgeMusic, i'll be releasing it in the fall of 2016. You can check it out HERE and find out how to get involved.
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215