Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Colin Gilmore | Montrose Room | Folk & Country | Chicago Reader

Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Colin Gilmore Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., May 11, 8:30 p.m. 2012

In the late 60s and early 70s a wave of young artists who grew up on country music but had more in common with hippies than they did with typical country fans sought to rescue the form from what they saw as its reactionary social views and bedazzled Nashville extravagance—thus making room for pot smokers with long hair and progressive politics who happened to like Hank Williams every bit as much as any redneck did. Jimmie Dale Gilmore was among them, teaming up with Joe Ely and Butch Hancock in 1972 to form the Flatlanders, who played Hank-inspired throwback country that combined an affability that was more peacenik than shitkicker with an obvious, unironic affection for the cornier parts of the genre's history. Later in the decade Gilmore stepped away from music to study metaphysics at an ashram, but since the late 80s he's been making gentle, nostalgic records as a solo artist—and he stole several scenes in The Big Lebowski playing Smokey, the gentle aging hippie he closely resembles in real life. He's touring with his son, Colin, who's inherited his dad's tastes. —Miles Raymer

Price: $20-$40

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