Personalities | The Flatlanders | Country Rock & The Outlaws | Country
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1970s–2004)
Joe Ely (vocals, guitar, b. 1947), Jimmie Dale Gilmore (vocals, guitar, b. 1945) and Butch Hancock (vocals, guitar, b. 1945) were teenage pals in the West Texas cotton town of Lubbock when they formed The Flatlanders by combining the music of such local heroes as Buddy Holly and Bob Wills with the songwriting of such adopted heroes as Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt. The trio recorded a 1973 album (One More Road) that was initially released only on eight-track tape and then splintered into solo careers. Ely had the most success by pursuing a muscular country-rock that worked equally well as the opening act for The Clash (documented on Live Shots) and in a Texas dancehall. Gilmore had the purest voice, a high tenor in the style of his namesake, Jimmie Rodgers. Hancock was the best songwriter, a dazzling wordsmith in the Dylan mode.
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