Jimmie Dale Gilmore Previews Upcoming Album

ATN correspondent Michael Lach reports: Fitzgerald's in

Chicago seems to be where all ex-Louisiana and Texas natives converge for

music, and this past weekend the package was among the best of the year. Jimmie

Dale Gilmore came through Chicago doing a few acoustic dates before putting the

final touches on his upcoming album, Braver Newer World. In addition to

playing songs from recent records, like "Santa Fe Thief" and "Mobile Line," it

wasn't surprising that he dipped into the songbooks of his old Lubbock

compadres Joe Ely ("Because The Wind") and Butch Hancock ("Just A Wave" and "If

You Were A Bluebird"). But it was the new songs that really shimmered-the

prayerfully encouraging title track; a yodeling song based around a "fly away"

chorus that featured vocal acrobatics that'd make Mariah Carey shudder; and the

metaphorical "Borderland." Equal parts Eastern-mysticism and Hank Williams

honky-tonk, his songs have always landed in the murky regions between dreaming

and dawn. With his new ones, there's a calm sense of acceptance and

assurance-it's like after all these years, he's finally found the Lost Highway.

At the close of the show, he grinned and said: "It won't sound like a new

Jimmie Dale Gilmore record," but that only left the audience wishing for


Opening the show was delta-born singer/songwriter Kate Campbell,

who's style borrows more from Nanci Griffith than her delta-homeland, yet her

songs reek of the old southern pageantry. Her "Bury Me In Bluegrass" is the

most poignant song about farming since John Mellencamp's "Rain On The


Closing was Jesse Dayton, a wily and energetic Gulf Coaster

honky-tonker who can hellraise with the best of them. His white-flame cowboy

boots peg him as retro, but this kid cranked out a show as energetic as any

flannel-wavin', Doc Marten-wearin' punk rocker. Unfortunately, he's too cool

for both the Nashville "hot new country" and the multitudes of generic stations

claiming to be


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