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The Flatlanders travel Hills and Valleys and the U.S.

Monday, January 12, 2009 – The Flatlanders return with "Hills And Valleys" on March 31 from New West Records with a tour to follow starting in April.

Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock co-wrote 8 of the 13 tracks on the disc, their first in 5 years and only fourth studio album in 30 years. Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks "Home"), who also appears on the album playing acoustic guitar, Dobro, pedal and steel, produced.

The Flatlanders, lifelong friends, began making music together over 30 years ago, releasing their first work in 1972 as an 8-track tape only and then on vinyl that was only available in Europe. The band gained a cult following but, with the recordings rare and hard to find, went their separate ways, each becoming successful musicians on their own. They reunited in 1998 when asked to write a song for "The Horse Whisperer" soundtrack - which they wrote together (for the 1972 recording, they wrote individually recording each other's songs). The collaborative effort paid off, leading to "Now Again" (2002) and "Wheels Of Fortune" (2004).

Songs on the CD are:
1. Homeland Refugee (Joe Ely/Butch Hancock/Jimmie Dale Gilmore)
2. Borderless Love (Joe Ely/Butch Hancock/Jimmie Dale Gilmore)
3. After the Storm (Joe Ely/Butch Hancock/Jimmie Dale Gilmore)
4. Wishing for a Rainbow (Joe Ely/Butch Hancock/Jimmie Dale Gilmore)
5. No Way I'll Never Need You (Joe Ely/ Butch Hancock/ Jimmie Dale Gilmore)
6. Just About Time (Joe Ely/ Butch Hancock/ Jimmie Dale Gilmore)
7. Love's Own Chains (Joe Ely)
8. Cry For Freedom (Joe Ely/ Butch Hancock/ Jimmie Dale Gilmore)
9. The Way We Are (Colin Gilmore)
10. Thank God for the Road (Butch Hancock)
11. Free the Wind (Joe Ely/ Butch Hancock/ Jimmie Dale Gilmore)
12. Sowing on the Mountain (Adaptation and arrangement by Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Woody Guthrie)
13. There's Never Been (Joe Ely)

Tour dates are:
Friday April 3 / Ithaca, NY / State Theatre
Saturday April 4 / Albany, NY / Sawyer Theatre at The Egg
Sunday April 5 / Londonderry, NH / Tupelo Music Hall
Tuesday April 7 / Ridgefield, CT / Ridgefield Playhouse
Thursday April 9 / New York, NY / B. B. Kings Blues Club
Friday April 10 / Fall River, MA / Narrows Center For The Arts
Saturday April 11-12 / Brownfield, ME / Stone Mountain Arts Center
Wednesday April 15 / Harrisburg, PA / Whitaker Center
Thursday April 16-17 / Alexandria, VA / Birchmere
Saturday April 18 / Philadelphia, PA / World Cafe Live
Monday April 20 / Lexington, KY / Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour
Wednesday April 22 / Ann Arbor, MI / The Ark
Saturday April 25 / Chicago, IL / Old Town School of Folk Music
Sunday April 26 / Minneapolis, MN / Fitzgerald Theater
Tuesday May 19 / Seattle, WA / Triple Door
Wednesday May 20 / Portland, OR / Aladdin Theater
Friday May 22 / Eugene, OR / Shedd Institute For Arts
Saturday May 23 / San Francisco, CA / Slim's
Sunday May 24 / Yosemite, CA / Strawberry Music Festival
Monday May 25 / Nicasio, CA / Rancho Nicasio
Wednesday May 27 / Chico, CA / Sierra Nevada
Thursday May 28 / Santa Cruz, CA / Rio Theater
Friday May 29 / Paso Robles, CA / Martin Weyrick Winery
Saturday May 30 / Los Angeles, CA / Troubadour
Monday June 1 / Santa Fe, NM / Lensic PAC
Wednesday June 3 / Lubbock, TX / Cactus Theater Courtyard
Thursday June 4 / Austin, TX / Texas Union Ballroom
Friday June 5 / Dallas, TX / House of Blues
Saturday June 6 / Conroe, TX / Creighton Theatre

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The Odessa Tapes CD review - The Odessa Tapes
The Flatlanders' debut album, when it was eventually released years after it was recorded, was appropriately entitled, "More a Legend Than a Band." The group, which came together in 1972 and featured a very young Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock, never really had a chance to make their mark the first time around. After all three singer/songwriters became stars of the Texas music scene, the band was rediscovered, leading to an eventual reunion and more excellent albums. »»»
Hills And Valleys CD review - Hills And Valleys
When The Flatlanders sing, "We're all just migrants on this Earth" during Homeland Refugee, it's a great equalizing statement. Yes, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, three iconic singer/songwriters that moonlight as The Flatlanders, once again honestly reflect the collective mood of the nation. Homeland Refugee and After the Storm allude to the way such factors as weather events and economic upheaval severely alter the way we live. There are also straight out »»»
Live '72
The magic of The Flatlanders surfaced early - at least that's what listeners will hear on this 16-song long hidden gig from June 1972 at the One Knite in Austin where Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock were based. Austin producer Jim Yanaway told Joe Ely about the tape in spring 2003, a rarity such an old recording existed considering the band initially lasted less than one year and only played about 15 gigs. And they have club owner Gary Oliver to thank for the tape. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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