Letter to Laredo

Genre: Country; Lead Performer: Joe Ely

Ely’s best record since 1987’s Lord of the Highway. The scruffy-voiced singer-songwriter plays to his main strength, storytelling, and roams about his favorite terrain, the Texas-Mexico borderlands. Checking in for two tunes is Bruce Springsteen, who lends more than mere marquee value — he sings his heart out. A-

Originally posted September 8 1995 — 12:00 AM EDT

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