The FLATLANDERS – ” Sittin’ On Top Of The World “

Posted: July 9, 2021 in MUSIC
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The Flatlanders, the iconic Texas trio of Butch HancockJoe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, have made their first album of new music in more than 12 years. Treasure of Love will be released on July 9, but today the band released the single Sittin’ On Top of the World, well known by fans as one of their most notable show closers. “Sometimes you’re sitting on top of the world, the next minute you are face down on the bottom. Just like life. (And the very next minute you are at the top again),” said Butch Hancock. Added Joe Ely: “It’s better to sit on top of it, rather than carry it. It’s a song that once you have it in your head you have to sing it.”

Almost 50 years after the sessions that would make them an “accidental Texas supergroup” The Flatlanders have returned with “Treasure Of Love”, their first new album in more than a decade. Completed during COVID-19 lockdowns with the help of long time friend and collaborator Lloyd Maines, the record finds the iconic trio of Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock in classic form, serving up a rollicking collection of twang-fuelled, harmony-laden performances full of wry humour and raw heartbreak. While a few songs here are never-before-heard originals, the vast majority of the track list consists of tunes the band picked up during their half-century together, some stretching as far back as the group’s earliest performances in the honkytonks around Lubbock, TX, where you might have spotted Willie Nelson or Townes Van Zandt in the audience.

Sittin’ On Top of the World · The Flatlanders · Butch Hancock · Joe Ely · Jimmie Dale Gilmore · Walter Vinson · Lonnie Chatmon Sittin’ on Top of the World ℗ 2021 Rack ‘Em Records marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers Released on: 2021-05-07

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