Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore of the Flatlanders, Special guest Joey Henry - 12/5
at City Winery Chicago
- 6:00 pm
- 8:00 pm
Over three decades ago, along with Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore founded The Flatlanders, a local term for folks who live in the kind of landscape southwest Texas has to spare. More of a song-swap than a commercial endeavor, the band’s sole recording project in 1973—released only in the short-lived 8-track format—was barely distributed. It has since been recognized as a landmark in progressive, alternative country music. The record was re-issued by Rounder in 1991 under the title More a Legend Than a Band. Hancock, a world traveling troubadour with a long string of recorded songs and albums, has been called "one of the finest songwriters of our time". He wrote Ely's famous "She Never Spoke Spanish to Me" and more. Gilmore, a gifted writer who penned "Dallas", sings with a heart-melting voice of almost primeval force. Their Texas brand of country tunes evoke mystical visions of wind-swept dry-plains and their lyrics are profoundly imaginative, often displaying for the listener the miracles that occur in the ordinary through creative irony and metaphors. One of the Flatlanders' most recent albums, Hills & Valleys, was released by New West on March 31, 2009. The 'founding fathers of Americana' also released The Odessa Tapes on August 28 of last year and this album is composed of recently discovered recordings from 1972 that were believed lost for nearly forty years.