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Butch Hancock coming to Paris

Butch Hancock

Texas singer-songwriter Butch Hancock will be performing in Paris on April 12. One of the founding members of the progressive country movement of the 1970s, Hancock will play at That Guy’s Coffee Listening Room, 117 Clarksville St.

Hancock established his place in Texas music when he and fellow Lubbock natives Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore formed The Flatlanders in 1972. The group’s LP, One Road More, didn’t achieve commercial success, but added momentum to movement in Texas country music toward lyrically sophisticated and musically simple songs – as opposed to the generic lyrics and lavish instrumentation coming out of Nashville.

Hancock, Ely and Gilmore soon went on to pursue solo careers. Hancock’s 1978 release West Texas Waltzes and Dust-Blown Tractor Tunes secured his place among Texas artists. In recent years, The Flatlanders have reunited and collaborated on various projects.

Hancock is also a visual artist and photographer. Having lived in Austin for many years, Hancock relocated to Terlingua in the 1990s.

“We only seat 55 people,” said That Guy’s Coffee owner Gerald Hutchings, “so this is a rare opportunity for people to see Butch in an intimate setting.”

Tickets are $20 and can be bought online at thatguyscoffee.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. For information, call 903-272-9687.

Mark Haslett has served at KETR since 2013. Since then, the station's news operation has enjoyed an increase in listener engagement and audience metrics, as well recognition in the Texas AP Broadcasters awards.