Butch and Jimmie Dale are, individually, excellent songwriters and performers in a "high lonesome" style.
Together they are dynamite."
Jimmie Dale Gilmore synthesizes so many different forms of music," says Nicholas Dawidoff, author of "In the Country of Country: People and Places in American Music" (Pantheon), which devotes a full chapter to The Flatlanders."He has taken the traditional country music he grew up with, Hank Williams and Bob Wills, and made it more modern.
He's very interested in the blues, he's interested in rock 'n' roll and rockabilly, and I guess to some degree he's also interested in Eastern music. And by incorporating these apparently disparate forms of music, you get his brand of country music. " Rolling Stone magazine described him as "a raspy-voiced West Texas mystic with an equal affinity for romantic border balladry and Zen paradox."
Along with Lubbock bred childhood pals Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock has been active in their group work as The Flatlanders. They have appeared on Letterman and Imus in the Morning. He is a member of the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame and the Texas Music Hall of Fame.