PORTLAND – Jimmie Dale Gilmore, master of the “West Texas warble,” will take the stage at the Center for Cultural Exchange at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18. Raised in Lubbock, Texas, Gilmore heard the honky-tonk country music that his father played as a bar-band guitarist. In the ’50s, he felt an immediate connection with the emerging rock ‘n’ roll of other West Texans, like Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, and was influenced by the folk and blues revivals that followed. Like many others from his generation, he felt transformed in the ’60s by the Beatles and Bob Dylan.

He teamed with boyhood buddies Joe Ely and Butch Hancock in a band called the Flatlanders. The band’s only recording project in the early ’70s was barely distributed. Then it was reissued in 1991 as “More a Legend Than a Band,” as a milestone of progressive, alternative country music.

Tickets: $22; $25 day of show. They may be purchased at Bull Moose Music stores; www.cen-terforculturalexchange.org; or call 761-0591.

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