It truly is popular demand that brings LaFave back to GJ
Texas singer-songwriter extraordinaire Jimmy LaFave is making a highly requested return engagement to the Roper Music Ballroom on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
When I called Jimmy earlier this week, he was at Cedar Creek Recording Studios, “watching the guys paint” as he put it. Jimmy told me “They just finished recording that two-CD tribute to Guy Clark that is coming out in November to celebrate Guy’s 70th birthday and they had Rodney Crowell, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett, Kevin Welch, Joe Ely, John Hiatt, Patty Griffin, Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen and many others all down here recording Guy’s songs. That CD release will coincide with a big birthday celebration at the performing arts center in Austin.”
Since we were on the subject of new albums, I asked LaFave if he could tell me about his new record. “Everybody keeps asking if I have a title. If I did, I would tell them, but right now it doesn’t have a title.
“I recorded 15 songs for this album, but they all won’t make it on the record. Twelve of the songs are mine, two are Bob Dylan covers and the other one is a song from Jude Johnstone, a wonderful singer-songwriter who has a great new album out called “Quiet Girl.” Most all of the songs are recorded. I just have to go back in and do some vocals and a couple of instruments.
“All of the artwork is done and once I get it together, it won’t take long to get it out. The CD plants are so starved for business that they will do just about anything to press a new CD, so it won’t take long once it is ready.”
Then he added, “Lots of folks have been sending me bootlegs and various live recordings and videos from my shows and I will be listening to them in the 10-12 hours of driving time finding some more little gems to release a second volume of ‘Trail.’ ”
The original “Trail” CD was released back in 1999, so I am sure Jimmy has a lot of great songs to choose from for this new version.
Jimmy has been working on an album of Woody Guthrie songs and because 2012 is the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth, I asked Jimmy about it.
“This is mostly being done by Woody’s daughter, Nora Lee, who is the director of Woody’s Foundation and Archives, and president of Woody Guthrie Publications. You have to give her credit because she saw the value of the 3,000-plus songs her dad had written, of which he recorded only 70 or so.
“She doles out songs to who she wants to and not all of the artists are folk artists. She gave a song called “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” to the Dropkick Murphys because her son liked the band. It was just a short little song of not more than four or five lyrics written on a little scrap of paper and they made a song out of it and used it to open all of their live shows. Someone from the Boston Red Sox heard the song and they began playing it during the seventh inning stretch of their games in 2008.”
Don’t miss your chance to see this amazing artist, who brings intense passion an energy to his music, making his shows unforgettable. Tickets are available at Roper Music, Andy’s Liquor Mart and Triple Play Records.