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"...In 1997, the year Butch Hancock released his first of only two solo albums since then, You Coulda Walked Around the World, my onetime $105-a-month Hyde Park abode dilapidated into a pile worth being sold and turned – same as a recent romance. A year or two later, in a newly mortgaged house I'd never envisioned, You Coulda Walked Around the World soothed me time and again..."
"...That was the whole point. Having been introduced to Butch Hancock's music both through the much-mythologized Flatlanders (Hancock, Joe Ely, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore) and his solo work only within the past couple of years, my interest had grown quickly with each new tale..."
"...Butch Hancock lets out a laugh at the 2-inch thick, 700-page (abridged) literary classic thrown down on a small wooden table in the Threadgill's World Headquarters beer garden, not yet opened at 10am one balmy Friday...."
"...Butch Hancock’s winter tour of Texas equaled exactly two concerts this past weekend. Which is probably for the best..."
"...Join us, they invite, holding their hands out to a visitor. Who could resist this invitation to dance? Not Tommy Hancock...."
"...“Right where, right where I belong / It feels so good I might be right where I belong.” During their 90-minute hootenanny Friday at Hogg Auditorium, the Flatlanders revisited a mantra on new millennial restart Now Again. Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore were flesh again, but the meeting of band and vintage venue set in stone true folk grandeur...."
"...Jimmie Dale Gilmore, center, and Butch Hancock, stage right, step forward into amplification, and with Ely, boom the campfire chorus of "Right Where I Belong."..."
"...Butch HancockFriday 5:15pm, Austin Ventures stage Lubbock-born Butch Hancock is a genuine West Texas Renaissance man. In addition to being one of the state's most revered songwriters, penning classics like "If You Were a Bluebird" and "Boxcars," he dabbles in architecture, photography, and guiding rafters down the Rio Grande in Big Bend...."
"...He also doesn't completely fit in with the Lubbock expatriates; unlike Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock et al., he didn't join the mass musician migration to Austin, choosing instead to head west for Los Angeles. He didn't pursue a music career as ardently as they did, either, which leads to the most profound contradiction in Allen's life -- his dual artistic identities..."
"...If I Was a Highway is a new collection of essays by Ventura, and all but three were originally published in The Austin Chronicle. Released by Texas Tech University Press, the book is punctuated with photographs by one of Ventura's oldest running buddies, singer-songwriter Butch Hancock (including the one pictured here, of Ventura gassing up)..."
"...Even if audiences, Austin or otherwise, never get a chance to see Small Town Girl, a Joe Sears production put on for invitation-only audiences out at Willie Nelson's place this past weekend, the 51-year-old Ely has nevertheless spent the lion's share of his life tearing up audiences worldwide. Whether accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, paired with fellow Flatlanders Gilmore and Butch Hancock, or more likely, as leader of one of his many hard honky-tonkin' bands, Joe Ely has never delivered one of his Micheneresque tales of Texas with anything less than full, unbridled passion; a firebrand, that Ely, a tornado under the spotlight in the center ring -- a force of nature to be reckoned with, whether he was Down on the Drag, Lord of the Highway, or Live at Liberty Lunch..."
"...Jesse Taylor (may he rest in peace) played his last hometown gig the night after. Many of the bunch we call "14th Street" showed up for the screening, and it was weird, it was flat-out weird to see that old brick house on 14th and Avenue W up there on the big screen with its most famous residents Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore..."
"...14 "The Eyes of Texas," Milton Brown Songwriter: John Lang Sinclair (lyrics) Year Released: 1903 First sung at Austin's Hancock Opera House on May 12, 1903, at a minstrel show to benefit the University of Texas track team, the origin of UT's official song is a legend in and of itself. According to the Handbook of Texas, John Lang Sinclair wrote "The Eyes of Texas" to the tune of "I've Been Working on the Railroad" at the behest of his roommate, UT band director Louis Johnson..."
"...In keeping with his unassuming nature, however, he lives with wife Janet in a weathered ranch-style home deep in the Hill Country outside of Austin on a one-lane dirt and gravel road. Inside, it's surprisingly spacious. Guitars hang on the walls, a couple of dogs roam the halls, and surprise, some of Butch Hancock's photography is on display..."
"...Butch Hancock and I were the encampment's long-term residents. Others came and went, for as many reasons as there were travelers..."
"...Near the Troubadour in West Hollywood -- a stone's easy throw (if you could find a stone) from a sign announcing the boundary of Beverly Hills -- Butch Hancock peered into a vending machine to take a closer look at a headline in the San Fernando Valley Daily News. Something about more suffering in Afghanistan..."
"...Three years is a good long spell to be working on an album. And yet when reached out at Joe Ely's ranchland studio south of A-Town late one evening back in January, neither Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, nor their host sounded the least bit encumbered by running sand and hourglasses..."