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Jimmie Dale Gilmore

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Texas crooner Jimmie Dale Gilmore is the type of country musician that neither Nashville nor the "No Depression" set knows exactly what to do with. A lanky, long-haired hippie with a clear, heartbreaking high-lonesome tenor, Gilmore is simultaneously New Age and old school. On One Endless Night, his first CD in four years, he mostly tackles the works of others--from The Grateful Dead to Townes Van Zant, and even tosses in a cover of "Mack the Knife." He does so with a virtual "who's who" of country vocalists (Emmylou Harris, Victoria Williams, North Carolinian Jim Lauderdale) providing counterpoint. With each song the styles vary: a little '50s-style twang here, some hopped-up rockabilly there, a little bit of jangly rock. Underneath it all is a distinctive Southwestern feel, but one that has less to do with red rocks and horses than native spiritualism and the elements. That may not sound very country, alt or otherwise, but it sure does sound fine.

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