Lone Flatlander

Jimmie Dale Gilmore

You get used to waiting if you're a Jimmie Dale Gilmore fan. Look at this list of release dates for his latest solo albums, and see if you determine a pattern: 1991, 1993, 1996, 2000. By that reckoning, his next release ought to be next year, but I for one am not holding my breath.

Gilmore's slowing solo output, of course, likely stems from the increased activity of his resurrected Lubbock supergroup, the Flatlanders. Their unexpected popular breakthrough turned what looked like a few reunion shows into a full-steam operation, with albums of new material and plenty of touring.

For some, though, it just won't do to wait until the Flatlanders' round-robin rotates back to the strange, high warble of Gilmore's voice. Those people can hear him undiluted this weekend, as he plays a fairly rare solo set at Schertz's "Party in the Park."

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Jimmie Dale Gilmore:
Party in the park for ALS

Saturday, September 18
Schertz City Park
(FM 1518)
The event is a benefit for those with ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, often known as "Lou Gehrig's disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS kills motor neurons until the brain is unable to initiate or control the movement of muscles, eventually paralyzing those afflicted with it but (in most patients) leaving their minds intact. The disease kills more Americans each year than Huntington's or multiple sclerosis; life expectancy ranges from two to five years from the time a patient is diagnosed.

Gilmore is more willing to share his (for lack of a better term) New Age-y sensibilities than your average Americana musician, and it's no surprise that he'd lend his voice to a healing cause like this one. What would be surprising, given the ongoing Flatlanders tour, is another solo JDG any time in the near future. •

By John DeFore

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