An Amarillo native is the official state musician in 2016. Joe Ely was one of eight artists appointed by the Texas Legislature according the Amarillo Globe News. Ely began his musical career in Lubbock.
Ely says he’s humbled, and as a songwriter has always felt extremely fortunate to have grown up in an inspirational place with such a rich, compelling history filled with some of the most fascinating characters in the world.
Ely will serve a one year term.