Los Angeles-based independent label New West Records will release a new album by the Flatlanders, the neo-country supergroup featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock, on May 21. The L

Los Angeles-based independent label New West Records will release a new album by the Flatlanders, the neo-country supergroup featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock, on May 21. The Lubbock, Texas-bred trio recorded one 1972 album, originally issued as an eight-track and re-released in 1982 on LP to great acclaim. The album, "Jimmy Dale and the Flatlanders," was released on CD in 1990 by Rounder under the title "More a Legend Than a Band," bolstered by four previously unreleased tracks.

The group's three singer/songwriters have all gone on to prominent solo careers. Ely and Gilmore have released numerous critically acclaimed albums for various major labels; both now have solo deals with Rounder. Ely will have the next solo project out, but that won't be released until well after the Flatlanders set.

The Flatlanders have recorded only two album tracks since their debut recording. The members have regrouped to play together intermittently through the years, including a recent show at New York's Bottom Line. A spokesperson says they will tour "extensively" to support the new album.