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Aside from the clever bluegrass rave-up “My Mind’s Got A Mind of Its Own” (written by Gilmore’s longtime pal and collaborator Butch Hancock), this album features only Gilmore originals. The backing band is led by Stephen Bruton, the journeyman picker and longtime running buddy of Kris Kristofferson. Bruton and the rest of the band — including Tish Hinojosa and other mainstays of the Austin scene — make After Awhile feel like a gentle, late-night jam session. Nothing rushed, nothing forced, and no jagged edges. Gilmore’s signature warble is matched here with warm acoustics and lulling rhythms. He is able to embody the most timeless elements of country music — especially the poignancy and wisdom of Hank Williams — but Gilmore exudes a level of faithfulness and sincerity rarely found in any genre. “Treat Me Like A Saturday Night” and “Don’t Be a Stranger to Your Heart” are statements of true love, but “Story of You” is more: “Love I am alone and I am not afraid / To walk this world with anyone and never walk it crying / To live my life with all the world and never live it lying.” Country music has never had a humbler vow.

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A Timeless Classic

I had forgotten about this album until I recently bought my IPOD and started uploading many of my older CD's. This album has something for everyone who likes old style country with a hint of bluegrass. The lyrics are extremely clever and the Gilmore's haunting voice makes the ballads something special. I enjoy this CD more every time I listen to it.


Born: May 6, 1945 in Amarillo, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

With his warm, warbling tenor voice and folksy, friendly approach to both his music and his audiences, Jimmie Dale Gilmore is an easy guy to like. His music is a rich blend of traditional country, folk, blues, and rock styles, and his lyrics reflect both his philosophical interests and his inherent down-home nature. Since moving to Austin, TX, and reviving his career in the 1980s, Gilmore has in many ways come to represent the current Austin music scene -- its rootsy mix of country, rock, and folk...
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