If I Were in Austin, I’d go see the Flatlanders at Antones tonight.


Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, and Jimmy Dale Gilmore, are performing together as the Flatlanders tonight at Antones, in Austin, Texas, at 8;00 p.m.  Each of these artists is so talented and has their own successful recording, touring career, and it is such a treat when they come together as the Flatlanders.  I hope this is the beginning of a tour, and they come back to Colorado soon.

Here’s their bio at www.cmt.com

The Flatlanders were formed in Lubbock, Texas, in 1971, and its three main members were all singer-songwriters and guitarists: Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. Ely met Gilmore in Lubbock and, realizing they shared a love of Jimmie   

Rodgers, they formed a traditional country band. They were joined by Sylvester Rice (bass), Tommy Hancock (fiddle) and Steve Wesson (musical saw). Tommy Hancock owned the Cotton Club in Lubbock, where Buddy Holly had played. According to Butch Hancock, the Flatlanders played “parties, goat roasts and the Old Town pub in Lubbock.” 

Independent producer Royce Clark recorded them in February 1972 for Plantation Records in Nashville. They released one single, “Dallas,” written by Gilmore and credited to Jimmie Dale and the Flatlanders. It featured Ely’s Dobro and a prominent use of Wesson’s musical saw. Seventeen tracks were recorded (including five by Hancock, four by Gilmore and three by the occasional member Al Strehli), although they were not released until several years later when the three main members had become better known as solo artists.

From time to time, all three have collaborated on various projects, including recording “South Wind Of Summer” for the soundtrack to Robert Redford’s 1998 film The Horse Whisperer. The reunited trio released the albums Now Again in 2002 and Wheels of Fortune in 2004.

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