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Two Roads
Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock
Two Roads
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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Singer-songwriters are loners, by and large, and few have enjoyed a close relationship of the sort that Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore have forged over the years. Friends since their west Texas childhood, they first...  more »

      
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All Artists: Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock
Title: Two Roads
Members Wishing: 8
Total Copies: 0
Label: Caroline
Release Date: 7/31/1992
Album Type: Live
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Americana, Outlaw Country, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters, Country Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 017046172622

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Singer-songwriters are loners, by and large, and few have enjoyed a close relationship of the sort that Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore have forged over the years. Friends since their west Texas childhood, they first recorded together in 1972 as the Flatlanders, but it wasn't until this superb 1990 live album that they reunited for a full set of cosmic, twangy folk. Trading songs back and forth, supported only by their guitars and Hancock's harmonica, the duo revisit Flatlanders classics, tunes by Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, Paul Kelly's "Special Treatment," and mostly a host of Hancock's best originals. Hancock has recorded frequently in such spontaneous settings, but not Gilmore: his singing truly shines, unfettered by superfluous backing and urged on by Hancock's easygoing harmonies. As single discs go, these 15 songs make for an ideal introduction to two singular voices. --Roy Kasten

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CD Reviews

This is alt.country. This is the stuff!
Michael Weber | Atlanta | 02/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I became aware of Butch Hancock when he opened for Cowboy Junkies in '89.I became aware of Jimmie Dale Gilmore when i bought the import of this album long before it was available on a US label.Butch and Jimmie Dale are, individually, excellent songwriters and performers in a "high lonesome" style.Together they are dynamite.From the opening track, A.P. Carter's "Helo Stranger" on to the end, with Butch's truly surreal "West Texas Waltz" (with some of the most outrageous rhymes ever perpetrated with a straight face) there are no low points in this album, only, as Lucy van Pelt once put it "ups and upper ups".Jimmie Dale's "Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown" and "Dallas" are meditations on the two sides of the coin of the urban experience."Howlin' at Midnight" could be vintage Hank Sr. -- i understand it's by Lucinda Williams.Butch's "Two Roads" and "Already Gone" illustrate what Joe Ely has described as Butch's tendency to write "seven minute novellas", but they're fine stuff, for all that -- especially "Gone" with its transition from a song about blighted love to its pointed commentary on the treatment of First American tribes."Firewater (Seeks Its Own Level)" always put me in mind of a friend who used to play bass in another band."Special Treatment" (with Paul Kelly) is a song about a real Australian Government program to take Aborigine infants to be raised in white homes to help the Abos "acculturate" faster... Sad and quiet, it's horrifying in its implications.This is a Very Special Album -- two of the Austin/alt.country movement's leading lights, together, live, at their peak."