• Thursday, Mar 14, 2013

    Carnegie Hall and WFUV 90.7 FM Present Texan Supergroup The Flatlanders on Saturday, April 13

    Concert Concludes 2012-2013 WFUV Live at Zankel Concert Series
    Image of The Flatlanders © Steve Gullick
    Legendary grassroots acoustic band The Flatlanders, featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock, reunite for a concert in Zankel Hall on Saturday, April 13 at 10:00 p.m., performing songs from the group’s storied recording career. The concert concludes Carnegie Hall’s 2012-2013 WFUV Live at Zankel series.

    The Flatlanders, which refers to locals who live in the sweeping flat landscapes of the American southwest, completed their first recording project in 1972. Though not widely distributed, the album has since been recognized as a landmark in progressive, alternative country music. It was later reissued in 1991 under the title More a Legend Than a Band, and in 2012 as a restored version, The Odessa Tapes. The group subsequently disbanded, although friendships continued, and the group occasionally reunited for special occasions while simultaneously developing solo careers. In 1998, renowned actor/director Robert Redford requested that the group reconvene to record a song for The Horse Whisperer soundtrack and, two years later, The Flatlanders reemerged as a bona fide working band, making three highly acclaimed new albums: Now Again (2002), Wheels of Fortune (2004), and Hills and Valleys (2009).

    Prior to all WFUV Live at Zankel Hall performances, beginning at 9:00 p.m. concert-goers are invited to enjoy a laid-back pre-concert experience with drinks in the Zankel Hall lounge where they can meet others who share their passion for music. For more information please visit: carnegiehall.org/latenights.

    Carnegie Hall’s WFUV Live at Zankel, which began in October 2005 as City Folk® Live at Zankel, is based on WFUV’s pioneering music format which blends adult rock, singer-songwriters, and roots music. Artists who have performed as part of the series include the bird and the bee, Rosanne Cash, Citizen Cope, Marc Cohn, Cowboy Junkies, Kathleen Edwards and John Doe, Alejandro Escovedo, Richie Havens, Indigo Girls, Nick Lowe, Gary Louris and Mark Olson, Shelby Lynne, Aimee Mann, Nellie McKay, Joan Osborne, Martin Sexton, Jane Siberry, and Suzanne Vega, among others.

    WFUV (90.7 FM, wfuv.org) is a non-commercial, listener-supported public radio station, licensed to Fordham University for 60 years. Serving more than 300,000 listeners each week in the New York area and thousands more worldwide on the web, and a leader in contemporary music radio, WFUV offers an eclectic mix of rock, singer-songwriters, blues, world, and other music, plus headlines from National Public Radio, local news, and sports.

    About the Artists
    Singer-songwriter Joe Ely is known for his boundary-blurring blend of rock, country, blues, and folk that has sometimes been termed “roadhouse music” but might more accurately be described as “Texas music,” steeped in the heart of the Lone Star State. Over a career that spans some four decades, he’s been embraced as a kindred spirit by artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt, and The Clash. Ely most recently released Satisfied at Last, described as guitar powered and accordion laced, underscoring his status as one of the true pioneers of alt-country Americana and its “too-rock for country, too-country for rock” brigade.

    Raised in the somewhat-fabled West Texas town of Lubbock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore first responded to the honky-tonk brand of country music his father played as a bar-band guitarist. Following the disbanding of The Flatlanders, Gilmore did not make another record for 16 years. He spent much of the `70s in a Denver ashram, while his songs, especially “Dallas” and “Treat Me Like a Saturday Night,” were establishing his reputation through Joe Ely’s recordings. It wasn’t until 1988 that Gilmore released his first solo album, the Ely-produced Fair & Square, his first attempt to merge his spiritual quest with a recording career. He recorded three albums for Nonesuch / Elektra between 1991 and 1996 that elicited global accolades: After Awhile, Spinning Around the Sun, and Braver Newer World. Rolling Stone named him Country Artist of the Year two years in a row, and he also has received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Artist. Gilmore’s latest two solo albums are One Endless Night, which Rounder released to critical praise in 2000, and Come on Back, released in 2005.

    A world traveling troubadour with a long string of recorded songs and albums, Butch Hancock has been called one of the finest songwriters of our time and is acknowledged by his peers and critics alike as one of the premiere singer-songwriters Texas has ever produced. His lyrical style has often been compared to that of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, and his songs have been covered by the likes of Emmylou Harris.

    After moving to the progressive country hotbed of Austin in the mid 1970s, he started his own label Rainlight and released the quintessential West Texas Waltzes and Dust-Blown Tractor Tunes in 1978. In the years that followed, he continued to release albums deep with meaning and memory, a foundation that cemented his world-wide reputation as a master wordsmith. In 1990, Hancock and more than two dozen musician friends staged a Guinness Book of World Records worthy event entitled “No Two Alike” and played six straight nights of live performances in Austin's famed Cactus Café, recording 140 of his original songs without repeating a single one.

    Program Information
    Saturday, April 13 at 10:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with WFUV.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced $42 and $49, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts. Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change. 
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