Fair & Square/Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Fair & Square/Jimmie Dale Gilmore

by Jimmie Dale GilmoreJimmie Dale Gilmore


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This two-fer contains all 20 songs from singer and songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore's first two albums. They were originally released by Hightone Records in 1988 and 1989, respectively. What's ironic is that it had taken almost two decades for Gilmore to record on his own. He'd been a fixture in Austin's music scene for nearly two decades by that time. His high tenor voice is in excellent form on both recordings, though it is more immediate, reedy, and less warm than on his bigger-budget Elektra/Nonesuch debut, After Awhile, from 1991. These songs meld originals with tunes by Texas songwriters including Townes Van Zandt, Melvin Eddy, David Halley, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock -- the latter two Gilmore's running partners since high school in Lubbock and his partners in the Flatlanders. The highlights are many. The opening reading of Van Zandt's "White Freight Liner Blues" places it in a wild lonesome setting that fits the songwriter's intention perfectly. Ely's "Honky Tonk Masquerade" is less honky tonk and more old-time country; it stands in stark contrast to the songwriter's original version. Gilmore's own "Dallas" and "Deep Eddy Blues" are among his most enduring numbers; these performances may be the definitive ones. Hancock's "When the Nights Are Cold" closes the set. This stands as one of the most moving country love songs of the last 50 years, and this is the version that counts. Given the price tag and the fine remastering job, this is an excellent value; it provides a solid, deep-roots introduction to Gilmore's work.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2012
Label: Floating World
UPC: 0805772614727
catalogNumber: 7261472


  1. White Freight Liner Blues
  2. Honky Tonk Masquerade
  3. Fair & Square
  4. Don't Look For a Heartache
  5. Trying To Get You
  6. Singing the Blues
  7. Just a Wave, Not the Water
  8. All Grown Up
  9. 99 Holes
  10. Rain Just Falls
  11. Honky Tonk Song
  12. The Doors Are Wide Open
  13. See the Way
  14. Beautiful Rose
  15. Dallas
  16. Up To You
  17. Red Chevrolet
  18. Deep Eddy Blues
  19. That Hardwood Floor
  20. When the Nights Are Cold

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmie Dale Gilmore   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Walter Hyatt   Background Vocals
Joe Ely   Background Vocals
Mitch Watkins   Bass,Guitar
Paul Glasse   Mandolin
David Halley   Guitar
Harold Bradley   Acoustic Guitar
Augie Brown   Background Vocals
John Inmon   Guitar
Jerry Kroon   Drums
Lloyd Maines   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Background Vocals
Larry Paxton   Bass
Dale Sellers   Electric Guitar
Linda Shaw   Bass
Wes Starr   Drums
Tommy Williams   Fiddle
David Briggs   Keyboards
Fred KRC   Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmie Dale Gilmore   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Butch Hancock   Composer
Joe Ely   Composer,Producer
Paul Glasse   Composer
David Halley   Composer
Melvin Endsley   Composer
Harold Bradley   Tic Tac
Bruce Bromberg   Producer
Little Johnny Fader   Engineer
Lloyd Maines   Producer
Alan Robinson   Liner Notes
James Tuttle   Engineer
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Bill Harris   Engineer
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Buck Peddy   Composer
C. Arrowsmith   Composer
W.R. Scaggs   Composer
Charles Singleton   Composer
Mike Crowley   Management

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