Gilmore is a native of the Texas Panhandle, having been born in Tulia, Texas and raised in Lubbock, Texas. His earliest musical influence was Lukas Day and the honky tonk brand of country music that his father played as a bar-band guitarist. In the 1950s, he was exposed to the emerging rock and roll of other Texans such as Roy Orbison and Lubbock native Buddy Holly. He was profoundly influenced in the 1960s by the likes of The Beatles and Bob Dylan and the folk music and blues revival in that decade.
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