The Flatlanders

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
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Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The seminal US country band the Flatlanders was formed in Lubbock, Texas, USA, in 1971. The three main members are all singer-songwriters and guitarists; Joe Ely (9 February 1947, Amarillo, Texas, USA), Jimmie Dale Gilmore (b. 6 May 1945, Amarillo, Texas, USA) and Butch Hancock (b. George Hancock, 12 July 1945, Lubbock, Texas, USA). Ely met Gilmore in Lubbock and, realizing they shared a love of Jimmie Rodgers, they formed a traditional country band. They were joined by Sylvester Rice (bass), Tommy Hancock (fiddle) and Steve Wesson (musical saw). Tommy Hancock owned the Cotton Club in Lubbock, where Buddy Holly had played. According to Butch Hancock, the Flatlanders played ‘parties, goat roasts and the Old Town pub in Lubbock’. An independent producer, Royce Clark, recorded them in February 1972 for Plantation Records in Nashville. They released one single, ‘Dallas’, written by Gilmore and credited to Jimmie Dale And The Flatlanders. It featured...

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