Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore


On Stage Together!

Roots Music Legends


Why you should see this show…

Roots music legends, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, have been friends for 30 years, but only recently realized they had never played music with each other before. So in 2017, Grammy winner Alvin and Grammy nominee Gilmore, decided to hit the highway to swap songs, tell stories, and share their life experiences. 

Though Texas born Gilmore was twice named Country Artist of the Year by Rolling Stone, and California native Alvin first came to fame in the hard rocking rhythm and blues band The Blasters, they discovered that their musical roots in old blues and folk music are exactly the same. In these spontaneous shows, audiences enjoyed classic original compositions from the two, and also songs from a wide spectrum of songwriters and styles – from Merle Haggard to Sam Cooke to the Youngbloods. 

Mutually energized and inspired by these performances, Dave and Jimmie agreed to hit the road again in 2018…this time with a full band and some new stories to share.

Dave Alvin Bio
Dave Alvin, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and self-described “barroom guitarist,” is widely considered to be one of the pivotal founders of the current Americana music scene. A fourth generation Californian, Dave Alvin grew up in Downey, California as the local landscape quickly evolved from orange groves and dairy farms to tract homes and freeways.

Since forming the highly influential roots rock/R+B band The Blasters, with his brother Phil in 1979, and throughout his long and critically acclaimed solo career, Dave Alvin has mixed his varied musical and literary influences into his own unique, updated version of traditional American music. Combining elements of blues, folk, R+B, rockabilly, Bakersfield country and garage rock and roll with lyrical inspiration from local writers and poets like Raymond Chandler, Gerald Locklin and Charles Bukowski, Alvin says that his songs are “just like California, a big, messy melting pot.”

Dave Alvin’s 30 years of recordings and live performances move through the loud, aggressive rock and roll of The Blasters to the contemplative acoustic storytelling of his solo albums, (King of California, Blackjack David, Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women) and from the traditional folk of his Grammy winning CD, Public Domain to the electric blues of his Ashgrove CD. Alvin has always managed to unite seemingly disparate genres into a cohesive vision of contemporary roots music. You can expect no less from his latest album, Eleven Eleven.

Dave Alvin’s songs have been recorded by a who’s who of contemporary roots artists from Los Lobos, Little Milton, Robert Earl Keen, Marshal Crenshaw and Joe Ely to Dwight Yoakam, James McMurtry, Buckwheat Zydeco, Alejandro Escovedo and X. His songs have also been featured in many movies and television shows including Justified, The Sopranos, True Blood, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Crybaby, Miss Congeniality and From Dusk To Dawn.

Jimmie Dale Gilmore Bio
Jimmie Dale Gilmore has been writing and playing songs for more than 50 years. His music eludes categorization, blending elements of folk, rock, country, blues and bluegrass. His recordings have earned three Grammy nominations in both Contemporary Folk and Traditional Folk categories and he was named Country Artist of the Year three years running by Rolling Stone Magazine. His high and lonesome vocal style, coupled with sometimes mystical and poetic lyrics, has led to musical brandings such as Sagebrush Soul, Zen Country and Western Beat. Along with Joe Ely and Butch Hancock, Gilmore’s legendary band The Flatlanders has been credited as fathers of the Alt-country movement.

Born in Amarillo, Gilmore’s musical roots began in Tulia, a small West Texas town where his father played lead guitar in a country band. When Gilmore was in grade school the family moved to Lubbock, known for being the starting point for a surprising number of musicians (including Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, and Gilmore’s long-time friends Butch Hancock, Terry Allen and Joe Ely). Gilmore met Hancock when they were both 12, and they have been friends and frequent musical collaborators ever since. Gilmore later met Allen, who he says inspired him to write his own songs. His friend Joe Ely introduced him to the music of Townes Van Zandt, and a few years later Gilmore, Ely and Hancock formed the Flatlanders. The group recorded its first album in Nashville in 1972. Defying categorization turns out not to be the way to start out in Nashville, so the album was released only on 8-track and not promoted. The band went their different ways by the end of that year.

Gilmore joined an Ashram in New Orleans then moved to Denver, worked as janitor in a synagogue, and did not record another album for 16 years. In 1980, Gilmore returned to Austin, where he began playing regular gigs in local clubs. Finally, in 1988, Gilmore released his debut solo album, Fair and Square, produced by Joe Ely on HighTone Records, followed by his 1989 self-titled album, produced by Lloyd Maines. Gilmore was soon signed to Elektra Nonesuch, which released After Awhile, produced by Stephen Bruton, in 1991 as part of the label’s American Explorer series. Once again, Nashville showed little interest in Gilmore’s brand of country music, but he earned the praise of many critics. He recorded two more Grammy-nominated Elektra albums, Spinning Around the Sun, produced by Emory Gordy, and Braver Newer World, produced by T-Bone Burnett. Gilmore has released two solo albums on the Rounder label, One Endless Night, produced by Buddy Miller, and another grammy-nominated album Come on Back, produced by Joe Ely and honoring the memory of his father, Brian Gilmore. In 2011, Gilmore recorded Heirloom Music, an album of “old-timey” songs in collaboration with the founder of San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Warren Hellman.

Meanwhile, the Flatlanders 1972 album garnered significant critical praise and was re-released in 1990 by Rounder records under the title More a Legend than A Band. Since their reunion album, Now Again, in 2002 the Flatlanders continue to re-form for song collabaration, tours and albums whenever schedules allow.

This year, you may find Jimmie doing shows with his son Colin Gilmore, or one or more of the big, beautiful, musical community he feels fortunate to be part of, including Butch Hancock, Joe Ely (the Flatlanders), Bill Kirchen, Marty Muse (Highway 71), Dave Alvin, Christine Albert, Carrie Rodriguez, Ruthie Foster, Chris Gage, David Hammond and many more. He also enjoys leading songwriting workshops, writing songs and occasionally and randomly appearing in movies such as The Big Lebowski, Parkland and The Thing Called Love.


Dining Options

If you’d enjoy a more extensive menu, we suggest you dine downstairs in the Rusty Anchor before your concert. Click here to see the Rusty Anchor menu. To make a reservation, visit OpenTable.com, or call (216) 242-1250. Please allow 90 minutes to dine prior to the beginning of your show upstairs.

We are excited to announce a NEW MENU upstairs in the Concert Hall, and we encourage you to give it a try. As always, you dine right in your ticketed seat. Click here, to see the Concert Hall menu. There is no additional reservation required for dining in the Concert Hall. Last call for dining upstairs is at show time. Beverage service will be available throughout the show.


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