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The Flatlanders: More a Legend Than a Band

Colin Escott, Rhino Records, 1990

AS THE FLATLANDERS DROVE TO NASHVILLE IN March 1971 to cut their lone album, Tammy Wynette was sitting atop the country charts with 'Bedtime Story'. Both the Flatlanders and Tammy fell under the generic heading of "Country Music." However the music that the Flatlanders cut that month could have come from a different planet than that emanating from every other pore of Music City. The link between the acoustic joys of the group and the then-current Nashville mainstream was tenuous at best.

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