With a career spanning 18 albums, thousands of live performances, and hundreds of thousands of miles on the road over four decades, Joe Ely needs no introduction. Roll out the Lord of the Highway, King of the Honky-Tonk, torchbearer of nitro-fueled, tornadotwisted West Texas rock and roll. Cite Lubbock and Austin for giving him a unique sense of place. Name-drop Buddy Holly, the Clash and Bruce Springsteen. Bemoan radio’s inability to decide whether he’s too country for rock, or too rock for country.