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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  04/03/2004            
DRR
This is a great album. Jerry Jeff didn't write but two of the songs but he sure knows how to pick em from other songwriters. This one was a little less Gonzo than the previous albums but its great just the same.
Jerry Jeff Walker  04/03/2004            
DRR
A whole lotta Christmas fun Gonzo Style! This is a must for the holidays. You will be singin' along as soon as it starts playing!
Jerry Jeff Walker  04/03/2004            
DRR
This is really the album that started the so called "Outlaw Movement" in Texas. This album is just as good today as when Jerry Jeff recorded it in Luckenbach nearly 31 years ago. It should never get lost
Jerry Jeff Walker  04/03/2004            
DRR
Gonzo Stew is a mix of everything. Love songs, a little cajun and dixieland, easy listening and country. The songs remind you of days gone by, loves lost, loves found, and just how fun life can be!
Jerry Jeff Walker  04/03/2004            
DRR
Who the hell needs Nashville? This is one of the best live albums ever made!
Jerry Jeff Walker  04/03/2004            
DRR
The whole album is just plain good. Life on The Road and The Last Song are my favorite cuts. Its all new material and it shows that Jerry Jeff can stll writr, play and sing!
Jerry Jeff Walker  03/28/2004            
The Stroker
This could be one of the finest live, non-Nashville, country and western recordings that has ever been. Some impeccably well done JJ standards, and other thoughtful selections, delivered true Gonzo Style
Jerry Jeff Walker  03/11/2004            
D. Rozzell
Jerry Jeff is the best troubador out on the road. Most singers of his age have long retired. Jerry Jeff just keeps gettin better and better.
Jerry Jeff Walker  03/11/2004            
D. Rozzell
Jerry Jeff is the best troubador out on the road. Most singers of his age have long retired. Jerry Jeff just keeps gettin better and better.
Jerry Jeff Walker  02/08/2004            
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