Jimmie Dale Gilmore

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Jimmie Dale Gilmore
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Jimmie Dale Gilmore (right) playing with his son, Colin at Deep Eddy Pool in Austin, Texas, June 2004.
Background information
Born (1945-05-06) May 6, 1945 (age 69)
Amarillo, Texas, United States
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Musician, Actor, Producer
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1972–present
Labels HighTone
Elektra
Rounder
New West
Associated acts The Flatlanders, The Wronglers
Website Official Site

Jimmie Dale Gilmore (born May 6, 1945) is an American country singer, songwriter, actor, recording artist and producer, currently living in Austin, Texas.[1]

Biography[edit]

Gilmore is a native of the Texas Panhandle, having been born in Amarillo, Texas, and raised in Lubbock, Texas. His earliest musical influence was Hank Williams and the honky tonk brand of country music that his father played. In the 1950s, he was exposed to the emerging rock and roll of other Texans such as Roy Orbison and Lubbock native Buddy Holly, as well as to Johnny Cash. He was profoundly influenced in the 1960s by the likes of The Beatles and Bob Dylan and the folk music and blues revival in that decade.

With Joe Ely and Butch Hancock, Gilmore founded The Flatlanders. The group has been performing on and off since 1972. The band's first recording project, from the early 1970s, was barely distributed. It has since been acknowledged, through Rounder's 1991 reissue (More a Legend Than a Band), as a milestone of progressive, alternative country. The three friends continued to reunite for occasional Flatlanders performances, and in May 2002 released a long-awaited follow-up album, Now Again, on New West Records.

After briefly attending Texas Tech University, Gilmore spent much of the 1970s in an ashram in Denver, Colorado, studying metaphysics with teenaged Indian guru Prem Rawat, also known as Maharaji. In the 1980s, he moved to Austin, where his first solo album, Fair and Square, was finally released in 1988.

Gilmore's fans admire his tenor voice, which delivers expressive, pure, country-inflected singing.

In 1994, Gilmore teamed up with Willie Nelson to contribute "Crazy" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Country produced by the Red Hot Organization.

Gilmore appeared as himself in Peter Bogdanovich's 1993 film The Thing Called Love, a love story about young songwriters in Nashville. He also had a small but memorable acting role in the 1998 movie The Big Lebowski. He portrayed a bowler named Smokey, an aging, emotionally "fragile" pacifist threatened with a pistol by Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski's sidekick, Walter Sobchak (John Goodman). He has also been a guest on The Tonight Show, with host Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman, Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion on NPR, and the Fresh Air radio program with Terry Gross. Gilmore's son, Colin Gilmore, is also a singer–songwriter based in Austin, Texas.

Gilmore's song "Braver Newer World" is featured in the 1995 Noah Baumbach film Kicking and Screaming. In 2005 Gilmore released Come on Back, an album of songs his father loved. Gilmore said of the album, "This new album is a compilation of recordings of some old songs that my dad loved. I love them too, and it is a project very dear to me." His version of "Mack the Knife" from the album One Endless Night features on the soundtrack of Jacques Audiard's 2009 film A Prophet (Un Prophète).

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Chart Positions Label
US Country US Heat
1988 Fair and Square HighTone
1989 Jimmie Dale Gilmore
1991 After Awhile Elektra
1993 Spinning Around the Sun 62 27
1996 Braver Newer World 19
2000 One Endless Night 29 Rounder
2004 Don't Look for a Heartache HighTone
2005 Come On Back 67 Rounder
2011 Heirloom Music (with The Wronglers) 64 50 Redeye

Singles[edit]

Year Single US Country Album
1988 "White Freight Liner Blues" 72 Fair and Square
1989 "Honky Tonk Song" 85 Jimmie Dale Gilmore

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jimmie Dale Gilmore". MTV. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • In the Country of Country: A Journey to the Roots of American Music, Nicholas Dawidoff, Vintage Books, 1998. ISBN 0-679-41567-X.
  • Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air: Legends of West Texas Music, Chris Oglesby, University of Texas Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-292-71419-9.

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