Jimmie Dale Gilmore leaves fans wanting more (of Gilmore songs)
The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, Cal., May 14, 2000
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA - Just before his second - and final - encore, Jimmie Dale Gilmore stated that he thought the band might know one more Butch Hancock song. Then somebody in the audience shouted the question: "But what about another Jimmie Dale Gilmore song?"
This brave music fan expressed the feelings of many in the crowd. As with his most recent album ("One Endless Night") - comprised of mainly covers - Gilmore left this intimate group of appreciative listeners wondering why the unique singer couldn't at least give them a few more of his own philosophically lyrical musings.
The evening opened up promisingly with the title cut of Gilmore's newest album, which is also - by the way - a song he co-wrote with David Hammond. But names like Hiatt, Hancock, Garcia and Van Zandt were the ones that received the majority of the writer's credits this night.
This is not to say that Gilmore's hour and a half show was bad. It just wasn't enough Jimmie.
Gilmore kidded that he's always tempted to sing "Blue Shadows" in a Roy Orbison fashion. And though Gilmore is unable to reach for the high notes like old Roy could, he nonetheless has a distinctive and beautiful singing style.
This fine singing was clearly displayed, since Gilmore's drummer-less, and mostly acoustic band quietly supported him throughout.
Although many of these songs were not his own, they were still stellar compositions in their own right. Especially memorable was his take on Jesse Winchester's "Defying Gravity" and "Ripple" written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter of The Grateful Dead.
You can't fault a songwriter who respects the high class work of other writers. But it would have been nice, nevertheless, to hear Gilmore give a little more props to his own fine repertoire this time out.