by carl wilson

Joe Ely, Streets of Sin

(Rounder, 2003)

Ely is the member of the Lubbock, Tex., musical mafia who's done the most to bring West Texas cosmic country-rock to mainstream attention, mainly with his firey opening sets for the Clash in the late Seventies. Streets of Sin carries the classic Ely sound -- a little bit honkytonk and a little bit Springsteen -- and a sense of a centre that might partially be credited to the regrouping last year of Lubbock wellspring group the Flatlanders (with Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock, who wrote two of the dozen songs here, while the rest are Ely originals). Horses, twisty rivers, dry-land farming and gritty winds, "love, wine and gasoline" in witty 4/4 country blues: Sometimes there are worse things than predictability. B

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