Colin Gilmore

Colin Gilmore


Rock&Roll with a country/punk/pop flavor. Influenced by Buddy Holly, The Clash, Lucinda Williams. Intelligent lyrics with catchy, driving melodies. "A West Texas Nick Lowe"- Sylvie Simmons, Mojo.


"A West Texas Nick Lowe"- Sylvie Simmons, Mojo Magazine

Austin singer-songwriter Colin Gilmore is building his reputation the old-fashioned way: hard work and imagination. He and his new wife’s idea of the perfect honeymoon was a tour of Japan, where he played eight cities in 10 days, complete with a different backing band at each gig. He has recently toured the west coast, played the Old Town Art Fair in Chicago, and played an online interactive concert at Mike Nesmith’s Videoranch. The Flatlanders included Gilmore’s song “The Way We Are” on their latest album "Hills and Valleys." It quickly became the album's number one selling song on iTunes.

“I’m getting out there and doing it,” says Gilmore, who was invited last year to open for pals Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines, two Grammy-winning members of Austin’s musical royalty, at the Columbus (Ohio) Performing Arts Center. He was particularly thrilled with the reception he got at a song swap with a few other Austin notables: Ruthie Foster and Grammy winners Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel) and Joel Guzman (Los Super Seven, etc.). “I felt like I was in my element and made a real connection with the crowd,” he recalls.

Gilmore’s self-described blend of “West Texas-style rock, with a country/punk/psychedelic/pop edge,” is also earning him a fan base – and airplay – nationally (including stations like KPIG-FM, no less). In California he played camp ground radio broadcasts at the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite and made more than 15,000 new fans at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco (they loved “The You That I Knew”). He played at that event – and toured the country – with yet another Austin musical blueblood: his father, Jimmie Dale Gilmore.

“I don’t capitalize on his name, but he is my dad,” says Gilmore. “I’m happy to be his son and I feel very fortunate. But fans won’t stick around for music that doesn’t speak to them. You have to earn it every day. ”

Gilmore was raised in the musically rich town of Lubbock, where he was influenced by family friends Joe Ely and Butch Hancock, as well as Terry Allen and the late Jesse Taylor. (Allen’s son, Bukka, played on Gilmore’s debut album, The Day the World Stopped and Spun the Other Way.) But it was his mother, singer Debbie Fields, who really encouraged his early musical development. His step-dad, fiddler Richard Bowden, also had an influence. And so, of course, did Buddy Holly, the Lubbock legend whose rockabilly spirit has infused Gilmore’s sound. You can hear Holly’s impact (and that of other Texas troubadours – and Tornadoes) in Gilmore’s “Laughing Hard or Crying?” and “Time to Fly Away Again.”

But that aforementioned edge was sharpened by other influences: the Clash, the Ramones, the Pogues, the Sex Pistols. (You could easily pick him out in his high school choir photo. Just look for the Mohawk.) Somewhere along the way, he also discovered Lucinda Williams. And Johnny Cash. And Leonard Cohen. Not to mention Bach, Beethoven and Mozart, the guys Gilmore studied while minoring in classical music (and majoring in anthropology) at Texas State University.

A more recent influence is Bay Area producer Scott Mathews, an industry legend whose resume includes the names Clapton, Jagger, Richards, Orbison, Costello, Hiatt, Santana, Joey Ramone and Brian Wilson. After a phone conversation, Gilmore sent Mathews his first recording, an EP titled Four of No Kind. Mathews liked what he heard and invited Gilmore to visit so they could try writing and recording together.

“I flew up there and in three working days we co-wrote and recorded three songs, playing everything ourselves,” Gilmore says. They co-produced an EP, Black Wine, for the Japan tour, and plan to work together again soon. (Raves Mathews: “The world doesn't need yet another singer-songwriter – it needs Colin Gilmore. In my world, he's the one.”)

Gilmore has also written with Nashville’s Jon Tiven, who has produced Wilson Pickett, B.B. King and the Pixies’ Frank Black; and has written hits for Robert Cray and Buddy Guy. Gilmore’s song, an homage to his uncle Allen, who died the same day as Johnny Cash, is titled “Raindrops in July.” Willie Nelson’s A&R rep thought it would be perfect for him (So do we. Are you listening, Willie?).

But, hey, he knows better than to be in a hurry.

“I’m not set on instant success,” says Gilmore. “I’m in it for the long haul. I’m fortunate I got to hear from a very early age what real, heartfelt, good music was.”

Fortunately for us, Colin’s now making his own.


Black Vines

Written By: Colin Gilmore/ Scott Mathews

Every now and then
Everyone decides they need some time alone
That's how I read what you said,
There are no eyes on the telephone

No words of kind consolation
To say the evening's gonna go from blue to grey
I don't need you in front of me to watch a good thing fade away

Tonight, my arms are turning to black vines
My arms are turning to black vines
My heart is turning to coal
Tonight, my arms are turning to black vines
My blood is turning to black wine
And it's spilling all over my soul

Went out walking in the woods
I thought it would be good to get outside
How do you do, Cana Cove alley cat with the burned and tattered hide?
Isn't it a good day for quiet isolation?
Don't you hear that hollow ringing in your prayers?
We're haning from the million dollar tree and it seems to me nobody cares



Currently working on a new album "Goodnight Lane" for 2010. Lloyd Maines co-producing.

Songwriter for "The Way We Are" recorded on upcoming The Flatlanders album "Hills and Valleys" set for release in March 2009.

"4 of No Kind"- Four song EP self-released in 2002

"The Day the World Stopped and Spun the Other Way"- Debut album released by Squirm Records in 2004 Features Audrey Auld on Vocals.
The Song, "The You that I Knew" is frequently played on XM Satellite Radio.

"Black Wine"- Self-released 4 song EP initially released in Japan, but now available on iTunes and at live shows in the US. Produced by Colin Gilmore and Scott Mathews. 2007.

Set List

Both solo shows and full band shows. Mostly original songs. Can do sets up to 3 hours, preferably broken up into smaller sets. Some covers such as, Buddy Holly, Lucinda Williams, Townes Van Zandt, Terry Allen, etc.