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Live at the One Knite, June '72
     

Live at the One Knite, June '72

by The Flatlanders
 
If only the "more a legend than a band" that seems to surround the Flatlanders were true and the "legend" were allowed to be what it is. But people keep dragging stuff out of the woodwork, and the three companeros who made that unit up -- Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore -- have decided that being a band is a better thing

Overview

If only the "more a legend than a band" that seems to surround the Flatlanders were true and the "legend" were allowed to be what it is. But people keep dragging stuff out of the woodwork, and the three companeros who made that unit up -- Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore -- have decided that being a band is a better thing and have reunited to record and tour. Man, people can't leave well enough alone. New West has dug up this old tape from the Flatlanders' halcyon days, recorded at the dawn of the cosmic cowboy craze in Austin. What it proves first and foremost is that these guys should never have reunited (no one can blame them for wanting to get paid, but the myth was better before it became reunion flesh) and that their individual identities were formed even back then. Gilmore is the high lonesome country songwriter, Ely is the hillbilly rocker (his lead vocal on "Honky Tonk Blues" and "Settin' the Woods on Fire" would make Hank Williams smile and then hoot in delight), and while Hancock is clearly here, he doesn't sing lead on any of these tracks though he wrote a few of them. The fidelity on this thing is far from perfect, and it sounds like there are maybe 25 people in the audience tops. One way cool thing is you get to hear Steve Wesson's musical saw very well and mystic beat legend John X. Reed's killer guitar picking on Al Strehli's fine "So I'll Run." This is a back-porch singalong brought into the barroom. There are tunes by Townes Van Zandt ("Waitin' Around to Die" and "Tecumseh Valley"), a slew of traditional tunes, Jesse Fuller's "San Francisco Bay Blues," Bob Dylan's "Walkin' On Down the Line," Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home to Me," "Jole Blon," and more. It's loose, easy, and the vibe is relaxed and fun. The fidelity isn't great, but the performance is full of energy and verve. But it's not the second coming that New West label boss Peter Jesperson is making it out to be (and no doubt scads of alt-country Postcard 2 crazies as well). He states that Ely thinks the most unique thing about the tape is that it exists at all. Exactly. No more, no less.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2004
Label:
New West Records
UPC:
0607396605224
catalogNumber:
6052
Rank:
106731

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Flatlanders   Primary Artist
Jimmie Dale Gilmore   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Butch Hancock   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Harmonica,Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Joe Ely   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member
Tony Pearson   Bass Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Steve Wesson   Autoharp,Vocals,Saw,Vocal Harmony
John X. Reed   Guitar
Tony Pearson   Bass Guitar,Vocals
John Reed   Guitar

Technical Credits

Jesse Fuller   Composer
Harry Choates   Composer
Tex Ritter   Composer
Butch Hancock   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Peter Jesperson   Liner Notes
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Gary Oliver   Engineer
Strehli   Composer
Leon Jackson   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Frank Hartford   Composer

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