Jerry Jeff Walker

Jerry Jeff Walker
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There's a photo on the back of a long-out-of-print Jerry Jeff Walker album that kind of sums it all up. In the picture, Jerry Jeff is outside an old roadhouse on a lonesome highway. It's night, and his collar is turned up against the chill breeze as he hunches over to light a cigarette. His guitar is slung around his back. It's hard to tell if he's entering or leaving the roadhouse, but either way you figure he's got many miles to go before he sleeps. Somehow, one gets the idea that that is how Jerry Jeff has always pictured himself. Even when he was playing screaming cowboy rock 'n' roll to thousands of people, the solitary troubadour was always on the inside, looking out. Jerry Jeff has lived—and is living again—the troubadour's life. Lots of musicians talk about the road; Jerry Jeff really is the kid who rode his thumb out of his hometown in upstate New York to such exotic destinations as Key West (where he introduced another young musician named Jimmy Buffett to the pleasures of island life)…He really did sing for pennies on New Orleans streetcorners, alongside Mr. Bojangles…He really did strap his guitar on the back of a motorcycle and go busking across Canada…And he really did sing in the smoky cafes and folk clubs of Greenwich Village, following in the footsteps of Bob Dylan and Ramblin' Jack Elliott. And that all happened before he became a star. Most folks know that story—how Jerry Jeff moved to Austin, Texas in the early Seventies and reinvented himself as a Lone Star country-rocker. He became, along with Willie Nelson and Asleep At The Wheel, one of the arbiters of the internationally famous Austin musical community. Since then, he has celebrated the music of peers such as Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, and served as a fountainhead and inspiration to younger musicians such as Robert Earl Keen, Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Todd Snider, and a moderately successful country tunesmith named Garth Brooks. A string of records for MCA and Elektra followed before Jerry Jeff gave up on the mainstream music business and formed his own independent record label, Tried & True Music, in 1986. Another series of increasingly autobiographical records followed under the Tried & True imprint. He's played for four or five presidents, toured in Lear Jets and bought second homes in New Orleans and Belize (the fruits, in part, of having penned an American pop standard, "Mr. Bojangles"). His band of musicians, known variously as the Lost Gonzo Band and the Gonzo Compadres, have been indispensable parts of the endless caravan. But even with all that, Jerry Jeff still sees the world with a troubadour's eyes. His songs are the way he makes the world make sense, how he passes on stories of the people he meets, the way he feels on a given morning. He has come full circle, back to his solitary singer-songwriter roots. You might say he was heading this way all along.
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Jerry Jeff Walker  08/25/2006            
I know I am posting in the wrong place, but I don't see another option. I need to find a copy of "the Wind". It's real old, from when Jerry was with Circus Maximus. Probably late 60's or early 70's. If anyone has any info about how I could get it ... I would be forever grateful! :)
Jerry Jeff Walker  07/01/2006            
Terry Morgan
Put the CD on, set it to 'repeat' "Ramblin', Scramblin'" pick up your guitar, and when you can play it note for note, you will reach a new level of consciousness.
Jerry Jeff Walker  07/01/2006            
Terry Morgan
I bought this album at age 22 in 1969 after seeing JJW in a Greenwich Village club, maybe the Tin Angel. I played it about a million times and it damn near ruined my life. I almost quit a steady job, my first one, to follow Walker around. A long night spent drinking Wild Turkey with Walker himself partly cured me. It's more of a philosophy lesson than an album. Give it a try.
Jerry Jeff Walker  04/26/2006            
Jerry Jeff Wlaker is another phenomonal(hope that's spelled right) texas singer!! Both him and Pat Green are my favorites!!
Jerry Jeff Walker  02/20/2006            
John Civiello,Grand Canyon,AZ
I first was introduced to Jerry jeff Walker while growing up in Ohio at the ripe age of seventeen.Though I really didn't pay much attention to his lyric's and music at the time.It was unfortunate for me blowing off an outdoor concert he was giving right outside of Leadville,Colorado in 1977,while I was travelling with some friends on a road trip after graduating from highschool. But after residing in Arizona and listening to his great music, I became hooked!! And after a concert in Billings,MT in 1981 at the County Fair and again another Show at The Aubrey Auditorium in Flagstaff,AZ., his music/lyric's will, and forever, spellbind me!! I would like to see two of his older works come out on CD. " It's A Good Night For Singin'" and " The Lone Wolf" Album. Thank-You Very much Jerry Jeff!! Your music has touched my heart and soul.
Jerry Jeff Walker  02/15/2006            
A legend. He's one of a kind, and keeps gettin' better with age. Get your hands on anything he does live, it speaks for itself.
Jerry Jeff Walker  12/28/2005            
T. Swain
Jerry Jeff was excellent until he went to his own "Tried and True" Label... pretty average and uninspiring stuff. It does'nt get get any better than the early years with his raspy voice and the haunting pedal steel of Leo Leblanc on songs like "till I gain control again" Just goes to show what happens when you ain't hungry no more!
Jerry Jeff Walker  11/20/2005            
I got turned on to Jerry Jeff and the LGB by my big brother about 1976.I was and continue to be amazed every time I listen to him.I don't understand why a lot of people don't know who I'm talking about when I mention Jerry Jeff. One of the greatest!
Jerry Jeff Walker  09/28/2005            
43 now. Been listening to Jerry Jeff since I was 11. Sometimes I feel like he wrote my life.
Jerry Jeff Walker  08/27/2005            
Well its Taco Bell for breakfast, and for lunch its keystone light. Roll out of bed at sundown, make the party just on time. probation's in the mornin, hopin she'll do me right. thats what i learned about college life.
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