Texas music legend Joe Ely is going back to his roots—though it might be said he never left them. After some 45 years in the business, the influential singer-songwriter is releasing an ode to his home, reports NPR newsmagazine Texas Standard. The album, entitled Panhandle Rambler, is a paean to Ely’s native home on the South Plains. Ely was born in Amarillo and raised in Lubbock. The singer hopped trains as a teenager, and says he never really appreciated the Panhandle until he left. But he always came back to the flatlands.