Americana, Country, Folk
A product of fate, chance and inspiration, friends Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock have traded tales in this not-really-a-band, life-of-its-own musical entity for almost 40 years. Gilmore is the gentle philosopher, Hancock the reclusive ballad singer, Ely the rougher-edged country-rocker.
The Flatlanders’ four albums combine their individual songs and collaborative writing. Their 2009 release,Hills and Valleys, subtly incorporates politics and recent issues in songs inspired by storms, foreclosures, reverse migration and the economic collapse. Using subtle riddles and smart queries, they cut to the core of complex issues in classic rowdy, gritty Texas Americana.