JIMMIE DALE GILMORE & THE WEST TEXAS EXILES
Texas singer/songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore creates a unique style of music—some call it “progressive alternative country” and “Americana”—that blends a lifelong interest in esoteric philosophy, literature, psychology, and spirituality with elements of country, folk, pop, blues, and rock music. Three of Jimmie’s CDs, Spinning Around the Sun, Braver New World, and Come on Back, have received Grammy nominations. Along with Joe Ely and Butch Hancock, Gilmore’s legendary band The Flatlanders has been credited as fathers of the Alt-country movement.
Gilmore was born in Amarillo, spent his formative years in Lubbock and makes his home now in the Texas Hill Country west of Austin. In addition to his work as a solo recording artist and performer, Jimmie tours, writes and records songs with Dave Alvin (and the Guilty Ones) and The Flatlanders, leading songwriting workshops at the Omega Institute and appearing in movies such as the Big Lebowski, Parkland and The Thing Called Love.
Jimmie and his son Colin have been singing and playing together for many years now. Colin recently joined the newly formed West Texas Exiles (so named because the members hail from Lubbock, Amarillo and El Paso) and when the band tried their hand backing Jimmie at Willie Nelson's Luck Reunion Festival, the experience felt natural and powerful, like a time-honored tradition was being kept alive. Jimmie Dale Gilmore and the West Texas Exiles have plans to tour together in Texas and California this year.
There’s Texas, and then there’s West Texas. Nobody knows that better than the newly formed West Texas Exiles. Love of music and a restlessness to escape their hometowns brought them together in Austin. With a new and a few singles under their belts, they nonetheless have a deep catalog among the 3 singers/songwriters: Marco Gutierrez (Dirty River Boys), Daniel Davis, and Colin Gilmore; backed by bassist / producer Eric Harrison and drummer Trinidad Leal (Dixie Witch, Honky). With influences like The Flatlanders and Buddy Holly, they are reinvigorating the music scene with a modern interpretation of the lone star vernacular. Grounded in rhythmic and lyrical honesty, the Exile sound is the vastness of the West Texas sky and the energy of a world where nothing stands still.