Show Review Jimmie Dale Gilmore Birdy"s Tuesday, Jan. 29 Texas singer-songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore brought the dry and dusty aura of West Texas into mid-winter Indianapolis, warming the interior of Birdy"s with his deeply personal, illuminating songs. After a highly successful year on the road and in the record stores with The Flatlanders (his band with Joe Ely and Butch Hancock originally formed in Lubbock, Texas, in 1970), his tour stop at Birdy"s was a special treat. On the road with just the accompaniment of Robbie Gjersoe"s deft acoustic finger-picking and slide guitar and his own rhythm guitar, Gilmore"s songs and unique high-tenor twang took the spotlight. The hundred or so fans attending the show sat in still, rapt attention as Gilmore wove his spell. They laughed a lot, too, as Gilmore"s between-song stream-of-consciousness raps showed that the title of one of his best songs, "Ramblin" Man," isn"t just about wandering around. Gilmore drew the evening"s set list from nearly all his releases dating back to 1988 - "Mobile Line" and "Another Colorado" from Spinning Round the Sun (1994); "Tonight I Think I"m Gonna Go Downtown" from After Awhile (1991); "Ramblin" Man" and "Your Love is My Rest" from his most recent release One Endless Night (2000); and "Just A Wave, Not the Water," which originally appeared on 1988"s Fair and Square. A few choice covers rounded out the set, including "Black Snake Moan" by Blind Lemon Jefferson and "My Mind"s Got a Mind of Its Own" by fellow Flatlander Butch Hancock. A song so fitting to his own nature that Gilmore joked he would have written it - if Hancock hadn"t done it first. Promising to return to the area soon, Gilmore delighted throughout his 90-minute performance. He even inspired a few cowgirls to dance back by the video games. Not bad for a Tuesday night in January.

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