Jimmy Lafave

jimmy lafave

When Jimmy Lafave moved to Austin from Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1986, he started to write songs and develop his musical ideas. Shortly after arriving he was asked to help launch the songwriter nights at the new performance venue Chicago House. In 1988 he recorded his self–produced tape, Highway Angels...Full Moon Rain, which won the Austin Chronicle Reader’s Poll Tape of the Year Award. This led to a recording contract with a small independent label and allowed LaFave the opportunity to work with Bob Johnston, producer of several of LaFave’s favorite albums including Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde and Nashville Skyline.

Although these recordings were never released, by 1990 LaFave had put together an Austin version of Night Tribe and had become, according to the Austin American–Statesman, “a perennial presence upon the Austin music scene.” In 1992 Jimmy released a self–produced CD, Austin Skyline, which drew international attention to his songwriting and vocal talents, and led to a publishing agreement with Polygram Music. Due to his growing popularity and radio play on more than 200 stations, Austin Skyline and its label, Bohemia Beat, received national distribution through the Rounder Record Group. His second album, Highway Trance was released in 1994 followed by his third CD, Buffalo Return to the Plains, in 1995.

The grass roots demand and critical acclaim for Jimmy’s music, which led to extensive touring in the United States and Europe, was recognized in 1996 when he was asked to tape a performance for the PBS musical series Austin City Limits, and was invited by Nora Guthrie to appear in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute to Woody Guthrie. That same year LaFave won his second consecutive Austin Music Award for Best Singer–Songwriter. His fourth CD, Road Novel, which was released in early 1997, received many glowing reviews. That year he was asked by Nora Guthrie to speak and perform at the induction of Woody Guthrie into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. He traveled to Europe twice that year and also toured the USA and Canada.

Buffalo Return To The Plains

Buffalo Return To The Plains

1995

Sweetheart Like You

Austin Skyline

Austin Skyline

1992

Girl From The North Country
You're A Big Girl Now
Leopard-Skin Pill Box Hat
Shelter From The Storm

Burden To Bear

Burden To Bear

CD-single 1995

Leopard-Skin Pill Box Hat

Road Novel

Road Novel

1997

Buckets of Rain

Texoma

Texoma

2001

Emotionally Yours

Live! From Folk Radio WUMB, Volume 1

Live! From Folk Radio WUMB, Volume 1

Love Minus Zero/No Limit

Recorded at the "Dylan Workshop," Boston Folk Festival, 9/22/01

Cimarron Manifesto

Cimarron Manifesto

2007

Not Dark Yet

Favorites 1992–2001

Favorites 1992–2001

2010

Sweetheart Like You

Depending On The Distance

Depending On The Distance

2012

Red River Shore
I'll Remember You
Tomorrow Is A Long Time

The Night Tribe

The Night Tribe

2015

Queen Jane Approximately

LaFave kicked off 1999 with the release of the CD entitled Trail, a 15 year retrospective of bootleg tapes, live performances, radio shows and studio out takes. The double CD contains 31 tracks recorded in Texas and around the world. Including 12 Dylan songs, it answered the demand of fans for a ’LaFave does Dylan’ CD. In the liner notes Dave Marsh noted: “Jimmy LaFave has one of America’s greatest voices, and this album is the story of what he has learned to do with it. It’s a unique instrument, with startling range and its own peculiar sense of gravity, liable to swoop in and wreck your expectations at any instant.”

Lafave performed Dylan’s “Not Dark Yet” and a wild, rocking version of “Just Like A Woman.” The latter started slowly and transformed into a full-blown rocker that unleashed the incredible skills of his pianist/accordionist Radoslav Lorkovic and lead guitarist Anthony da Costa. (I have seen 50-100 Dylan concerts, and LaFave’s cover was the best version of this song I have ever seen.)

LaFave said he couldn’t pinpoint the Dylan song he perceived as most brilliant. He should know — he has recorded more than 30 Dylan songs and usually includes at least one on each new release. He says his favorite Dylan album is Blood On The Tracks, but Blonde on Blonde is right near the top. He's been into Dylan since high school and particularly loves “You’re A Big Girl Now” from Blood On The Tracks and “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” from Bringing It All Back Home.

Sources: Lafave's bio on his website and an interview on NoDepression

Trail

  • LaFave, Jimmy - Trail

    LaFave, Jimmy - Trail

    1. Positively 4th Street [Live]
    2. Red Dirt Roads At Night [Live]*
    3. Because The Wind [Live]*
    4. Burden To Bear*
    5. Nobody Knows You When Youre Down & Out [Live]*
    6. Going Home*
    7. Simple Twist Of Fate [Live]
    8. Perfect Combination [Live]*
    9. How It Must Remain [Live] [Out–Take]*
    10. Key To The Highway [Live]*
    11. Oh, Sister [Live]
    12. Loved You Like Rainbows*
    13. Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues [Live]
    14. Oklahoma Hills*
    15. Forever Young
    1. Valentines Day [Live]*
    2. Ellies Song [Live]*
    3. If You Want To See Me Rock [Live]*
    4. If Not For You [Live]
    5. Ill Be Your Baby Tonight [Live]
    6. Open Road*
    7. Tonight Ill Be Staying Here With You [Live]
    8. I Threw It All Away [Live]
    9. Down In The Flood [Live]
    10. Never Be Mine*
    11. Its All Over Now, Baby Blue [Live]
    12. Have You Ever Loved A Woman [Live]*
    13. Lone Wolf [Live]*
    14. One Too Many Mornings
    15. Hold On [Live]*

Trail Two

  • LaFave, Jimmy - Trail Two

    LaFave, Jimmy - Trail Two

    1. Buckets of Rain
    2. River Road*
    3. Key To the Highway*
    4. Last Train*
    5. Never Be Mine*
    6. Tore Down*
    7. Not Dark Yet
    8. Oklahoma Hills*
    9. Your Bright Baby Blues*
    10. Don't Go To Strangers*
    11. Never is a Moment*
    12. I'm Ready*

Trail Three

  • LaFave, Jimmy - Trail Three

    LaFave, Jimmy - Trail Three

    1. Meet Me In The Morning
    2. Secret Garden*
    3. Blues Power*
    4. Loves Minus Zero / No Limit
    5. I'm Thinking Of You*
    6. Sweetheart Like You
    7. Blues In C Minor / Deep South 61 Delta Highway Blues*
    8. Long Ago With Miles Between*
    9. Dusty Old Fairground
    10. Mr. Tambourine Man
    11. Rain Falling Down*
    12. The Weight* / Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

Trail Four

  • LaFave, Jimmy - Trail Four

    LaFave, Jimmy - Trail Four

    1. Walking To New Orleans*
    2. When It Starts To Rain*
    3. She Belongs To Me
    4. Call Me The Breeze*
    5. I'll Remember You
    6. Rocket In My Pocket*
    7. Chimes Of Freedom
    8. Route 66 Revisited*
    9. Snowin' On Raton*
    10. Hideaway Girl*
    11. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
    12. Worn Out American Dream*
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