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The Flatlanders deal with "Hills and Valleys"
With only a cursory glance at our economy, it's safe to say America is down in an emotional valley, rather than riding high upon a hill. Unemployment is on the rise, the housing market has tanked, and the stock market is seemingly in a schizophrenic state of confusion. America's history is comprised of both "Hills and Valleys." "I think the hard times...I won't say it makes people more honest, but it makes ‘em search a little bit deeper about some things, and then maybe honesty comes into... more
The Flatlanders can't wait another 30 years
No one knew at the time, but when The Flatlanders formed more than 30 years ago, they became the world's first supergroup in reverse. Oh sure, plenty of artists rise up from the obscure bands that spawned them and any success they have along the way naturally forces a spotlight on those early efforts. And while those early efforts are often unfairly lionized because of the artist's current success, that assessment most certainly does not apply to The Flatlanders. Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore... more
With "Now Again," are The Flatlanders more legend than band or more band than legend?
Some musicians take their time in between albums to tweak the dials or wait for the right moment to hit the marketplace. But the long awaited sophomore album of The Flatlanders - Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock and Joe Ely - probably must set some sort of record since it only took a mere 30 years between the initial disc and "Now Again," released in late May on indie label New West Records. The Flatlanders' debut was released on 8-track in 1972 and eventually made it to the silver platter via Rounder Records in 1990 as "More a Legend Than a Band" with some different songs.... more