The Flatlanders plan on yet another CD
Thursday, December 11, 2008 – The Flatlanders are getting downright prolific. After taking a three decade break from recording, The Flatlanders - Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock - are slated to release their third studio disc for New West Records, "Hills & Valleys" on March 31, 2009. This follows "Now Again" from 2002 and "Live Europe '72" and "Wheels of Fortune" from 2004. Gilmore, Ely and Hancock also have their own individual careers keeping them busy.
The Odessa Tapes
The Flatlanders' debut album, when it was eventually released years after it was recorded, was appropriately entitled, "More a Legend Than a Band." The group, which came together in 1972 and featured a very young Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock, never really had a chance to make their mark the first time around. After all three singer/songwriters became stars of the Texas music scene, the band was rediscovered, leading to an eventual reunion and more excellent albums. »»»
Satisfied At Last
Often, it seems that a veteran singer getting into his or her 60s or 70s will start writing more frequently about life and death. While the results can often be compelling (the best parts of Johnny Cash's "American Recordings" sessions, for example), they can also be plain depressing (the worst parts of "American Recordings"). Then, there's the Joe Ely approach. On his new album, "Satisfied At Last," Ely, 64, says he wants his ashes loaded into some shotgun »»»
Hills And Valleys
When The Flatlanders sing, "We're all just migrants on this Earth" during Homeland Refugee, it's a great equalizing statement. Yes, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, three iconic singer/songwriters that moonlight as The Flatlanders, once again honestly reflect the collective mood of the nation. Homeland Refugee and After the Storm allude to the way such factors as weather events and economic upheaval severely alter the way we live.
There are also straight out »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Avett Brothers make the leap
The Avett Brothers have been on an upward trajectory, from going the indie route and building a following through heavy touring clubs of their blend of country, bluegrass, rock and more to a major label and hitting arenas.
While hard to envision this kind of popularity of the band not too many years ago - that reflected the listening tastes of... »»»
Concert Review: All for the Hall: thanks to Harris, Gill, no ordinary guitar pull
This all-star benefit concert for the Country Music Hall Of Fame may have been likened to a Nashville living room guitar pull, but this was certainly no ordinary guitar pull. The evening's acoustic show featured Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris Jason Mraz and Heart. It amounted to a wonderful evening of stories and songs.
Although actress Rita Wilson... »»»
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