The Flatlanders/Jason Eady

This is being billed as the 40th anniversary tour of the Flatlanders. Back in 1972, Lubbock buddies Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock got together, recorded an album at Nashville's Sun Studios, and promptly saw it essentially evaporate. The few copies of its eight-track-only release mostly disappeared into truck-stop discount bins. The trio scattered, eventually establishing themselves individually as superb Texas songsmiths and artistically hip cult faves: Ely, the roots rocker; Hancock, the country/folk philosopher; Gilmore, the existential cosmic cowboy. Two decades after its recording, that first album was re-released as More a Legend Than a Band. It was another decade before the Flatlanders recorded their second, Now Again. On 2009's Hills and Valleys, the tres amigos mixed reflections on hard times with rousing honky-tonkers, still tapping that potent wind-whipped West Texas elixir that spawned three legends and a band. Opening will be Texas singer-songwriter Jason Eady, who has dabbled with blues, gospel, and various Americana styles, but whose latest is a solid dose of classic country called AM Country Heaven. (Photo by Steve Gullick)
Wed., June 13, 7 p.m., 2012

 
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