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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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 87

Jerry Jeff Walker  08/10/2005            
I love Jerry Jeff Walker! but Pat Green is still my favorite
Jerry Jeff Walker  04/19/2005            
brother bro
holy smoke if you can't handle it...too bad I can... Great JJW Classic.... I don't have a problem, I call it a hobby!
Jerry Jeff Walker  03/29/2005            
Paul Schatte
Scamp Walker did it again. This is the best Jerry Jeff ever. I just keep pushing the replay button. Thanks Jerry.
Jerry Jeff Walker  12/03/2004            
Party Time!
Whoaa ohhhhh ohhhhh ohhhhhh ohhhhh, I LOVE SANGRIA WINE! Its the weekend and I love to drink and party to Jerry Jeff Walker!
Jerry Jeff Walker  11/14/2004            
Jerry Jeff Walker  08/31/2004            
Long Beach Johnny-Oh!
Jerry Jeff hits you right between the eyes and also the solar plexus. His lyrics on songs like "The Cape" and "Every Drop of Water" go the essence of life, love and survival! I've seen him a few times live but not enough. Jerry Jeff needs to keep coming to The Big Apple so I can see him again and again! I agree with Josh who thinks that "Jerry Jeff fucking rules!" Amen to that, brother!
Jerry Jeff Walker  07/27/2004            
Josh Haislip
Jerry Jeff Fucking rules
Jerry Jeff Walker  06/12/2004            
Earl Drake
Mitch Watkins is one of the finest Jazz Guitarist out there. Jerry's voice and Mitch's guitar playing are a great combination. 5 Stars
Jerry Jeff Walker  04/04/2004            
This really is his life in song. It was a great idea to go along with the book because you get the information on how the songs came to be. Jerry Jeff Walker is under rated. He's one of the best singer/songwriters to ever travel down the lost highway.
Jerry Jeff Walker  04/04/2004            
This is just a straight foward live album with no overdubs or anything. This is a great party album. Its not as good as Live at Gruene Hall but its still a ggod one to have.
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