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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Black Prairie, the Portland old-timey band that shares members with the Decemberists, gave a helluva music lesson at Bottom of the Hill. Playing accordion, autoharp, marxophone, and a few more conventional instruments, the band aired a gorgeous, largely…
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Music, All Shook Down Joe Ely To Be Reunited With Guitar Stolen in San Francisco 27 Years Ago

Joe Ely To Be Reunited With Guitar Stolen in San Francisco 27 Years Ago

Onstage at Slim's tonight, Texas country-rock legend Joe Ely will be reunited with an old friend: A custom guitar that was stolen while he was on tour in San Francisco 27 years ago. The story is as bizarre as they…
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Music, All Shook Down The Flatlanders: A Beginner's Guide to Joe Ely

The Flatlanders: A Beginner's Guide to Joe Ely

This is the first of a two-part series of explorations of the long, bewildering discographies of Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock, who will be preforming together as The Flatlanders this Saturday at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.…
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Music, Reviewed Joe Ely

Joe Ely

Anyone interested in the genesis of the so-called altcountry or Americana genres ought to investigate this Joe Ely fellow. In 1977, just as country music's "outlaw movement" was reaching its peak, Ely emerged from Texas with his lean melding of…
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Music, Reviewed The Flatlanders

The Flatlanders

Sometimes country bands are like high-class wines: They just need time to ripen. That's certainly the case with the Flatlanders -- Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock -- West Texans whose second album comes 30 years after their…
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