Second Cup Cafe: Joe Ely

Joe Ely's well-tested recipe for musical success calls for a Texas-size scoop of country, honky-tonk, plus a dash of good ol' rock 'n' roll.

Joe's been busy of late - he released two CD's this year: "Silver City" and "Happy Songs From Rattlesnake Gulch."

On top of that, he's now an author! "Bonfire of Roadmaps" are excerpts of journals Joe wrote while on the road, telling of the inspiration, exhaustion and musical highlights of a life on the road, for those who "want to venture beyond the horizon just to see what is there."

He has performed with Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, Lyle Lovett and many others, and he's come to the Second Cup Cafe stage to perform songs from his latest CD.

For more information on his recordings and tour dates, you can visit Joe Ely's Web site,