Joe Ely Duo – Tickets – Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD – October 26th, 2014

Joe Ely Duo

Joe Ely Duo

Danny Burns

Sun, October 26, 2014

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Rams Head On Stage

Annapolis, MD


This event is 21 and over

Joe Ely
Joe Ely
Texas troubadour Joe Ely spent the better part of the 1970s and 1980s, laying the roots of the country-rock fusion so popular in today's Americana music; of course, Ely didn't do it single-handedly, but he definitely did his part-stepping up with memorable recordings like Tennessee's Not The State I'm In, Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown, She Finally Spoke Spanish To Me and Settle For Love. Since then he's become an Americana icon, the country-rocker who's never left the road, cranking out album after album, some better, some worse, always solid. Not only is Joe Ely a giant of Texas music, but he's had a genre-crossing career including performances with Bruce Springsteen, tours with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Guy Clark, and back in 1978, a cross-border foray with none other than The Clash. He formed cult Americana band The Flatlanders with Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock in the early 1970s, as the continuation of a musical career that began early.

Joe Ely's brand of personal, hard-edged roots music keeps getting rediscovered by generations of punks, country neo-traditionalists and rockabilly revivalists, but he has scrupulously avoided mainstream success. In reality he was too 'rough around the edges' for mainstream success, but he's enjoyed a long and fruitful career despite all that. Where several similar mavericks have been chewed up and spat out by the major labels, Ely has emerged from the experience fairly unscathed and with his musical integrity very much intact. His own songs are earthy and intensely emotional, and he sings them with more than a hint of tortured insolence. The music he makes has its roots in Texas barn dance music with a band sound that is cool, swinging, and an impressive drive led by sharp guitars filled out by steel, piano and accordion while never losing the eloquent wind-blown lyricism of the flatlands. He is a country-rock renegade who has matured musically without losing one ounce of the grit, passion and excitement that marked his formative years. Alan Cackett –Maverick
Danny Burns
Danny Burns
"Danny Burns is an excellent songwriter, performer, guitar player, husband and father, and other things that I’m sure I’m not aware of. One thing I do know is that he is tenacious. This is one great record that you’re holding in your hands, and if it hadn’t been for Danny’s tenacity, this moment would not be happening. Do yourself a favor. Go home, play this recording and hear the reason that Danny is right in his quest for your audience.” - Jerry Douglas

Don't call Danny Burns a newcomer.

Two decades before releasing his 2018 debut, North Country — a collaborative album filled with appearances by icons like Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, and Tift Merritt— he kicked off his career as a traveling folksinger, logging shows on both sides of the Atlantic. He's been on the road ever since, sharpening a sound that mixes the folk traditions of his native Ireland with diverse American influences.

Raised in a family of working musicians, Burns spent his childhood in the Irish county of Donegal. He grew up surrounded by singers and instrumentalists, receiving a first-class education in Irish folk music along the way. It was a communal experience, filled with folksongs that had been passed down from one generation to the next. "It was never about one specific musician," he remembers. "It was about listening and learning. It was about playing a song, then passing the guitar to the person beside you, and hearing them play a song, too. There was no ego involved."

North Country doubles down on that communal spirit. After living in America for 19 years — first in New York City, where he cut his teeth with a string of bar gigs, followed by stints in New Orleans, Chicago, and the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC — Burns has shared shows with a number of acclaimed musicians who, like him, breathe new life into older sounds. North Country nods to that diverse group of friends, shining a light not only Burns himself, but also on the community he inhabits. Holly Williams, Mindy Smith, Dan Tyminski, Cara Dillon, Tim O'Brien, ChessBoxer, and Old Crow Medicine Show's Critter Fuqua all make appearances. The result is a transatlantic folk album that's both diverse and driving, filled with swooning melodies, evocative storytelling, and an elevated level of musicianship.

Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas both perform on North Country's kickoff track, "Let It Go," whose lyrics tell the story of two lovers drinking up the nightlife of New Orleans. Holly Williams joins the group on "Look Into Her Eyes," a harmony-driven tune punctuated by fiddle and dobro, while Tim O'Brien appears during the elegiac Celtic ballad "Darling Róisín." Elsewhere, Burns teams up with Cara Dillon to pay tribute to Amy Winehouse on the moving "Amy," waxes nostalgic about his homeland on "Great Big Sea," and swaps harmonies with Tift Merritt on "Human Heart."

Clocking in at 10 tracks, North Country feels like the soundtrack to a dinner party whose members have all left the kitchen table and headed to the music room, eager to share songs with one another. There's plenty of acoustic guitar, pedal steel, upright bass, mandolin, banjo, and other rustic instruments, as well as multiple voices. There are also snatches of American roots music, 1970s Irish folk, Bible Belt country, and bluegrass, with influences like Richard Thompson and Steve Earle looming large. At the center of the mix is Danny Burns: a red-headed, storytelling, hard-touring Irishman whose own voice is just as evocative as his songwriting.

Self-produced by the frontman himself, North Country was largely recorded at Gary Paczosa's home studio in Nashville, as well as the city's Butcher Shoppe studio (owned by John Prine and David "Fergie" Ferguson).
Venue Information:
Rams Head On Stage
33 West St.
Annapolis, MD, 21401

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