ANGELES, CA – On June 29, 2004 New West will release The
Flatlanders Live ’72. Recorded at the One Knite (where
Stubb’s BBQ is now) in June of 1972. The band didn’t
even know this recording existed until the spring of 2003. The
Flatlanders (Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch
Hancock) initial incarnation had lasted less than a year.
They only played a handful of gigs, maybe 15 or so, mostly in somebody’s
living room. The One Knite was an Austin, Texas bar that catered
to the down-and-out and had just recently started hosting bands
who played for tips. The owner, Gary Oliver, was an amateur recording
buff and, for his own enjoyment, recorded many of the bands that
played in his club. On the night of this performance, only fifteen
or twenty people were in the audience (a good crowd for the ’72
Flatlanders). This set was typical of The Flatlanders
at the time – loose, spirited and soulful. Some Hank, some
Townes, a couple of Butch’s songs, a couple by Al Strehli.
Jimmie did more of the lead singing in those days, Joe sang a few.
For reasons no one recalls, Butch didn’t take a lead on this
particular night. What Joe thinks is unique about this set is that
it exists at all. We think the song list and the harmonies are extraordinary.
We’ll wager you too will find some things that pleasantly
surprise you. It’s the sound of a ‘one-day-to-be-legendary’
band that doesn’t know the tape is running; it’s the
Flatlanders will continue touring this summer.
Jul 27 Tue Santa Fe, NM at Lensic
Performing Arts Center
Jul 29 Thu Winnemucca, NV at Winnemucca Convention Center
Jun 30 Fri Reno, NV at Hawkin's Amphitheater
Jul 31 Sat San Francisco, CA at Filmore
Aug 1 Sun Nicasio, CA at Rancho Nicasio
Aug 3 Tue San Juan Capistrano, CA at The Coach House
Aug 4 Wed Solanan Beach, CA at Belly Up Tavern
Aug 5 Thu W. Hollywood, CA at House Of Blues
Aug 7 Sat Tucson, AZ at City Limits