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The Flatlanders: A Musical Legacy Built on Serendipity

In the early 1970s, a group of Lubbock musicians recorded an album under the name The Flatlanders. But the record was never released, and they parted ways. When the core members, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock, went on to achieve musical success on their own there was suddenly interest in their earlier work — […]

Flatlanders BookIn the early 1970s, a group of Lubbock musicians recorded an album under the name The Flatlanders. But the record was never released, and they parted ways.

When the core members, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock, went on to achieve musical success on their own there was suddenly interest in their earlier work — and the legend of The Flatlanders was born.

Writer John T. Davis says the journey — and the legacy — of The Flatlanders mirrors that circular serendipity. He talks with Houston Matters’ Craig Cohen about his book “The Flatlanders: Now It’s Now Again,” and explains how a set of tapes that sat in a closet for nearly 40 years eventually saw the light of day.

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