Fair & Square

Fair & Square

by Jimmie Dale Gilmore


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Jimmie Dale Gilmore's debut album, Fair and Square, established him out of the box as a major talent in the Texas country music scene, but in retrospect the record seems like a rather odd representation of his talents. With longtime friend and collaborator Joe Ely in the producer's chair, Fair and Square is for the most part a solid honky tonk session, with Gilmore's gloriously wobbly tenor sounding strong and clear over a band that's not afraid to turn up the gas on numbers like "White Freight Liner Blues" and the proto-rockabilly "All Grown Up." (Actually, Gilmore and Ely seem to have been in a rocking mood when they cut this album, given the presence of enthusiastic renditions of "Trying to Get to You" and "Singing the Blues.") However, given his strength as a songwriter, it seems curious that Gilmore only wrote two of the album's ten songs, though with Butch Hancock, Townes Van Zandt, and David Halley all willing to contribute tunes, it's not as if anyone was forcing him to cut second-rate material. More significantly, the subtle undercurrents of Gilmore's best material seem to have been left by the wayside, as if a coffeehouse singer/songwriter had been thrown into a dance hall and was trying to avoid getting the hook. Fair and Square is a fun album, but it's hardly the best place to start exploring Gilmore's brand of music.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Hightone Records
UPC: 0012928801126
catalogNumber: 8011
Rank: 263718

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmie Dale Gilmore   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Joe Ely   Background Vocals
Mitch Watkins   Bass,Guitar
Paul Glasse   Mandolin
David Halley   Guitar
John Inmon   Guitar
Freddie "Steady" Krc   Drums,Background Vocals
Lloyd Maines   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Linda Shaw   Bass
Wes Starr   Drums

Technical Credits

Joe Ely   Producer
Mary McCreary   Composer
Little Johnny Fader   Engineer
Shelby Singleton   Composer
James Tuttle   Engineer
Charlie McCoy   Composer
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Charlie Singleton   Composer

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