"I prefer the acoustics in here," Ely said with a laugh on stage. "This is really an amazing spot."
After checking that item off their bucket list, The Flatlanders head south this weekend for a Sunday performance on Mountain Stage in Morgantown. (Visit www.mountainstage.org for ticket information.)
"We've done Mountain Stage a couple of times," Hancock said. "It's also a wonderful show with another great crew. It's always fun."
Since the trio got back together in 2002, the group has released five albums in addition to solo works and other projects from each of the members. But Hancock said the three of them still have a blast performing together.
"We've been such great friends all of our lives," he said. "It's just always a treat to be picking with your friends. With Joe and Jimmie Dale and all of our friends, I don't think I could ask for a better tour. We have a great bunch of guys backing us up, and the crew is great."
And the following week, The Flatlanders are looking forward to a return to their hometown of Lubbock for a special performance on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion."
"Joe's done a bunch of those shows with Garrison, so we know it'll be a lot of fun," Hancock said. "Mixing West Texas with a touch of Minnesota humor should be interesting.
"But going back to Lubbock to perform will be neat. It's the old hometown, where we all grew up. It's always pretty amazing to drive out across the flatlands. It kinda brings it all back home.
"Living close to Austin these days, it's nice to get over to West Texas every now and then where the trees are so few and far between. There's a lot more elbow room."