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Hills and Valleys [Digipak]

  • 1. Homeland Refugee
    2. Borderless Love
    3. After the Storm
    4. Wishing for a Rainbow
    5. No Way I'll Never Need You
    6. Just About Time
    7. Love's Own Chains
    8. Cry for Freedom
    9. Way We Are, The
    10. Thank God for the Road
    11. Free the Wind
    12. Sowing on the Mountain
    13. There's Never Been
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6161

  • Credits
    ProducerLloyd Maines
    EngineerPat Manske; Joe Ely; Lloyd Maines; Mike Morgan

    Adapter: Jimmie Dale Gilmore.
    Personnel: Butch Hancock (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely (vocals, guitar); Rob Gjersoe (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Lloyd Maines (acoustic guitar, lap steel guitar, dobro, banjo, mandolin); Martie Maguire (fiddle); Bryan Sandifer (cello); Bukka Allen (accordion, keyboards); Joel Jose Guzman (accordion); Rafael Gayol (drums, percussion); Pat Manske (percussion); Steve Wesson (musical saw).
    Audio Mixer: Pat Manske.
    Recording information: Bubba's Place, Austin, TX; Spur Studio; The Zone, Dripping Springs, TX.
    Arranger: Jimmie Dale Gilmore.
    When short-lived early-1970s progressive-country supergroup the Flatlanders (which launched the careers of Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock) regrouped for a 2002 reunion album, few could have predicted they'd keep working together long enough for a third (fourth overall) release, let alone that it would stand up to their lofty legend as well as it does. As ever, the rough-and-ready voices of Ely and Hancock are perfect foils for Gilmore's ethereal, tremulous tones, and perhaps most important of all, the songs they tackle are fully up to snuff. Hancock's Bob Dylan-goes-to-West-Texas lyricism comes together with Gilmore's Zen-cowboy vibe and Ely's hard-bitten outlaw-country attitude as if the '80s and '90s never happened.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.66) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] the wistful 'Homeland Refugee,' a Woody Guthrie-ish folk rock lament for the New Depression."
    Spin (pp.78-79) - "[I]t feels utterly right....Mining poetry from the everyday, 'Free the Wind' and 'Love's Own Chains' offer homespun observations on affairs of the heart."
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