Live Music

Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore

When: Sat., June 20, 8 p.m. 2015

Butch Hancock is an especially deft lyricist, easily finding the simple but powerful beauty in a train song (“Boxcars”) or elucidating the human struggle through metaphors about a small town dance hall (“West Texas Waltz”). His songs, often accompanied by fantastic rambling stories, range from challenging ruminations on the large contained within the small, to simple and surprisingly rich explorations of common themes like love, work, rural life and the struggle between good and evil. While Hancock may not exactly be a household name, those who are familiar with Texas music will most certainly be acquainted with his rock-infused alt-country band The Flatlanders. Something of a Texan supergroup, The Flatlanders also feature esteemed West Texas singer-songwriters Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Though Jimmie Dale Gilmore might not be a household name either, his face is in the DVD racks and Netflix queues of untold American homes (Gilmore played Smokey in The Big Lebowski, the bowler who John Goodman points a gun at in a league game). With Colin Gilmore, Rory Hancock.