But with the gain of a legendary group came the loss of focus on the individual. Gilmore in particular seemed to have hit a creative peak with his 2000 album One Endless Night. That record set Gilmore's distinctive tenor, with his long words and phrases held across several wavering notes, to work on a series of country, folk and rock songs which matched his skills perfectly.
Now, with a break in the Flatlanders' schedule, Gilmore is recording a new album of songs his dad loved, and he's touring with a single guitar-playing partner, Rob Gjersoe. This should allow him to pull out virtually any song that strikes his fancy on a given night. Jimmie Dale Gilmore is one of our national treasures, a country-music singer as good as any who's ever put mouth to microphone.
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