My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Honky Tonk Masquerade is the second album by Country musician Joe Ely. The album was recorded in Mufreesboro, Tennessee and was released in 1978.
What I think: Whomever was able to slip this album into the book must have had some incriminating evidence on the editors. I don’t remember the last time there was an album I didn’t see the merit of… even if I didn’t like it. This is just bad country, like the bad eighties and nineties mainstream country that would follow. The title track is the only redeeming song on the whole album, but nothing can make up for the stupidity of “Because of the Wind”, which is the answer to the question of why the trees in west Texas all lean the same way. Of course it’s the wind, it sure as hell isn’t the rain.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? We can skip it and all be better off for it.
Rating (Out of 5) .5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (316/413)