Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock return
The Flatlanders—Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock—came together in Lubbock, Texas, in 1971. They were an insider's secret during the golden era of Austin music and recorded one album together; it disappeared almost immediately, but rare copies circulated from hand to hand for years afterward. The three individual Flatlanders, meanwhile, had gone on to solo careers as some of Texas's top singer-songwriters. Lately they've begun playing occasional shows, imbued with a new sense of what they shared and of what each member—cosmic cowboy Gilmore, rocker Ely, and songcrafter Hancock—brought to the group. The end result is a sort of apotheosis of Texas music, a relaxed, creative show in which anything can happen and probably will.