photo by Gabriel Perez
Despite collaborating for only a few short years in the early 70s, the trio of Butch Hancock, Joe Ely, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore has had an incredibly long lasting and far reaching impact on American music. In fact, their collaboration was so brief that the music almost went undiscovered until their individual musical success refocused attention on their early years. Born out of the musical crucible that is the Texas panhandle, The Flatlanders managed to combine Roy Orbison’s heartbreak, Buddy Holly’s optimism, and Woody Guthrie’s storytelling into incredibly powerful songs with a distinctively Southwestern flavor. Whether they are singing about riding boxcars or traveling to Dallas, their songs paint vivid slices of American life while communicating a whole range of emotion.
For this session The Flatlanders reunited to help raise money for the legendary Cactus Cafe at the University of Texas. During the interview they talk to Jody Denberg about future plans and what is like to play with your kids onstage. Take a listen to their session in Studio 1A RIGHT HERE!