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The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Heirloom Music

1 Time Changes Everything - 3:11 2 Deep Ellum Blues - 3:33 3 I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes - 3:54 4 Way Downtown - 2:51 5 Leavin' Home - 3:27 6 Foggy Mountain Top - 2:41 7 Uncle Pen - 2:28 8 I Wonder Where You Are Tonight - 2:57 9 Columbus Stockade Blues - 3:29 10 In the Pines - 4:47 11 Footprints in the Snow - 3:18 12 Brown's Ferry Blues - 2:59 13 If I Should Wander Back - 4:19 14 Big Rock Candy Mountain - 2:40

 


"His voice would make even Hank Williams cry," Nicholas Dawidoff once wrote of Jimmie Dale Gilmore in The New York Times Magazine. Gilmore, a singer from West Texas, writes songs that would be described as alternative country.

But for his new album, Heirloom Music in which Gilmore teams up with the band The Wronglers he says he was thinking more in terms of bluegrass music although that's not an exact description. "We were calling it old-timey music, but that still wasn't quite accurate," he says. "But [bluegrass musician and investor] Warren Hellman had said that someone had referred to this sort of music as 'heirloom music,' and I loved that phrase. There's something dismissive about [the term 'old-timey'] and our point is that this music is old, but it's really good and really still pertinent."

This is Gilmore's second album in a row that has explored older songs. From 2005, Come on Back was a tribute to his late father, featuring honky-tonk classics from the 1960s. But Heirloom Moments travels back even farther than that, to the 1930s and '40s music recorded before Gilmore was born. 

"This is music that I discovered because I became interested in where the music that I was in love with as a kid came from," he says. "I'm not a folklorist. I'm not a scholar in it. But I did become curious with a lot of it. I've been doing these songs for 30 or 40 years now, and never really had the context to record them in."

One of the tracks on Heirloom Music is an old Charlie Poole song called "Leaving Home." Gilmore says he originally learned it from the New Lost City Ramblers, an old-time string band specializing in folk music from the 1920s and '30s. "I just fell in love with the song because it's just so peculiar and quirky," he says. "And as a result of that, I looked further into it and it caused me to discover some of that really old stuff and their source material."

Gilmore plans to perform some of his new songs and some older ones next week at the 2011 South by Southwest music festival in Austin, his hometown for many years. He says the festival has helped put the city's music scene on the map. "In the early days in Austin, there was a great music scene here, but it wasn't part of the reputation of Austin," he says. "I think South by Southwest has made it a public fact and a publicly recognized fact that there's so much great music in Austin."

 

from NPR website

The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Heirloom Music 


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