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  08/07/2002            
kent bowersock
bad ass....always
Jerry Jeff Walker  05/17/2002            
pauline sawyer
Every Texan should go to Ambergris Caye for a week!!! JJW knows paradise, and in these songs he has brought us all a taste of San Pedro,Belize. Close your eyes and enjoy the no hurry,no rush lifestyle. Warning:this CD is addicting and so is a trip to Belize. Many Texans have changed addresses and reside there.
Jerry Jeff Walker  04/23/2002            
him & willie are the two greatest doubt about it
Jerry Jeff Walker  02/25/2002            
jjw fan
what an album...i love this man, and he is by far my favorite artist of all time. keep it up jerry jeff
Jerry Jeff Walker  02/07/2002            
T. Turner
Jerry Jeff Walker's new CD Gonzo Stew is great. His version of "Texas on My Mind" is very good and shows that Jerry Jeff has still got it. Couldn't be better. Love the acoustic set. Just a great addition to a wonderfull career.
Jerry Jeff Walker  12/19/2001            
One of JJ's lesser CDs, but still better than most music available on CD and well worth buying. Doesn't have that Inmon - Livingston - Krc - Walker blend of magical music. There are few weaker songs, but as always Jerry Jeff Walker makes it all sound good - just not as great as he usally does.
Jerry Jeff Walker  11/08/2001            
I think where was I is one of the best songs ever written
Jerry Jeff Walker  10/17/2001            
Dan Mullins
One of my favorite Jerry Jeff CDs. Night Rider's Lament is a great camp fire sing-along song. If you like JJW's older, slower songs, get this CD. Coat From The Cold and Mississippi on my Mind are also excellent.
Jerry Jeff Walker  10/04/2001            
Donna Alston
I first heard JJW when I was seventeen years old, and I have been "hooked" ever since. That was several decades ago and he is still my favorite artist. His music is very real and unique. He has an ability to write and choose songs that will "touch" his audience in some way. It takes a special talent to be able to do that. Now that I am older, I really get a kick out of seeing the younger crowd cheering and singing along to JJW's music. Both of my children grew up listening to his music and know every word to every song. These days my three year old grandaughter (Kailee) is enjoying his music and learning to sing along. I am extremely proud to have passed on my love for JJW's music on to them. He is definitely a five star artist in our home! Thanks Jerry Jeff!
Jerry Jeff Walker  09/17/2001            
Tim Holland
This classic Texas music album that everyone should have in their collection.
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