You get used to waiting if you're a Jimmie Dale Gilmore fan. Look at this list of release dates for his latest solo albums, and see if you determine a pattern: 1991, 1993, 1996, 2000. By that reckoning, his next release ought to be next year, but I for one am not holding my breath.
Gilmore's slowing solo output, of course, likely stems from the increased activity of his resurrected Lubbock supergroup, the Flatlanders. Their unexpected popular breakthrough turned what looked like a few reunion shows into a full-steam operation, with albums of new material and plenty of touring.
For some, though, it just won't do to wait until the Flatlanders' round-robin rotates back to the strange, high warble of Gilmore's voice. Those people can hear him undiluted this weekend, as he plays a fairly rare solo set at Schertz's "Party in the Park."
Gilmore is more willing to share his (for lack of a better term) New Age-y sensibilities than your average Americana musician, and it's no surprise that he'd lend his voice to a healing cause like this one. What would be surprising, given the ongoing Flatlanders tour, is another solo JDG any time in the near future. •
By John DeFore