Born on this day in 1945 in Amarillo, Texas, was Jimmie Dale Gilmore, country singer, songwriter.
With Joe Ely and Butch Hancock, Gilmore founded The Flatlanders. The group has been performing on and off since 1972. The band’s first recording project, from the early 1970s, was barely distributed. It has since been acknowledged, through Rounder’s 1991 reissue (More a Legend Than a Band), as a milestone of progressive, alternative country. The three friends continued to reunite for occasional Flatlanders performances, and in May 2002, released a long-awaited follow-up album, Now Again, on New West Records.
Gilmore has had a small acting career as well. He appeared as himself in Peter Bogdanovich’s 1993 film The Thing Called Love, a love story about young songwriters in Nashville. He also had a small but memorable acting role in the 1998 movie The Big Lebowski. He portrayed a bowler named Smokey, an aging, emotionally “fragile” pacifist threatened with a pistol by Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski’s sidekick, Walter Sobchak (John Goodman). Gilmore’s son, Colin Gilmore, is also a singer–songwriter based in Austin.