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Jimmy LaFave

Austin-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Jimmy LaFave brings a passionate rock & roll energy to his original folk songs, whether he's playing solo or with a band. LaFave grew up in Wills Point, east of Dallas, but at 17, his family moved to Stillwater, OK. When he was in his teens, his mother purchased his first guitar for him with green stamps. While Stillwater was not exactly bustling with musical activity, it wasn't a ghost town either, and it was close enough to Tulsa that LaFave found all the opportunities he was seeking as a young singer/songwriter. The musical heritage of the area certainly was rich enough: folksinger Woody Guthrie, jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, and jazz fiddler Claude "Fiddler" Williams, plus songwriter J.J. Cale and Leon Russell's Shelter Studios. But to find a wider audience and, more importantly, a record deal, LaFave thought it would be worthwhile to move to Austin. He found both after moving to Austin in 1985, and he's been based there ever since.

LaFave found a home in Chicago House, an Austin coffeehouse, and he spent the next eight years hosting open mikes there, honing his presentation skills as a solo artist. Through the latter half of the 1980s, he also worked with his band, Night Tribe, at other Austin clubs. With backing from Mark Shumate, a computer entrepreneur, LaFave was finally able to record his debut for Bohemia Beat Records, a company Shumate founded in 1992.

LaFave has released three albums for Bohemia Beat: Austin Skyline, (1993), his debut, a live recording titled as a play on Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline album; Highway Trance (1994), a studio album that showcases his considerable skills as a guitar picker, singer, and songwriter; and 1995's Buffalo Return to the Plains, which contains just one cover, prime inspiration Bob Dylan's "Sweetheart Like You." LaFave counts among his other influences Jackson Browne, Chuck Berry, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

LaFave's grassroots approach should give him a better foundation on which to build a successful career. The way he blends country, blues, folk, and early rock & roll, his work ethic, and low-key rapport with fans are all factors that work in his favor. Trail was issued in 1999; Texoma followed in early 2001. His next two albums -- 2005's Blue Nightfall and 2007's Cimarron Manifesto -- were issued by Red House Records. ~ Richard Skelly, Rovi
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I've always liked this Jackson Brown song.This cover is really beautifully done.Just recently discovered this singer.Reall y beautiful version .So nice.
He plays the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival every July, without fail. He's performed at every one going on 17 years. It's in Okemah, OK, and is worth the trip.
Although I love his music, when I saw him in Ben Lomond he turned his back on the crowd the whole time!
great voice love him
I ADORE Jimmy! What an incredible talented singer-song writer! And he is such a sweet humble person! Love you Jimmy!!
claireehagge r t y
My mom is his number one fan and makes me listen to him ALL the time haha.....alt h o u g h he does grow on you and is a really cool guy ....I have had the pleasure of meeting and seeing him live ......he's a must see !!! ....Go Jimmy
bfriedman37
It was about "10" years ago or so--there was this little Micro Brewery on Guadalupe St. in Austin. They would put up a Big Tent once a year for a concert in the parking lot. Jimmy LaFave and friends gave a truly GREAT PERFORMANCE the first time i saw him, there. The Beer was flowing and CHEAP!!! The people were out to the street......
Jimmy Lafave is one of the most incredible people i have ever met. I have seen him perform twice and am seeing him again at a festival in May. That first Jimmy Lafave show was a life changing experience, its a shame that he's not better known.
calrjr8
Used to enjoy hearing Jimmy play at the Blue Door in OKC. Come play Denver sometime Jimmy!
phragus
Clear, clean, voice with something to say....Thank God!
oh yeah, I almost forgot, Jimmy actually read aloud New Year's resolutions hand-written by Woody Guthrie . . . authentic, given to him by Woody's sister, and remarkably pure, honest, and revealing of the true character possessed by Woody, who as Jimmy stated, was and still is a too often misunderstoo d and misrepresent e d individual. Thanks for reading that stuff, Jimmy, I believe that was the most moving part of the performance and my favorie as well, in retrospect
just saw this guy in Wilmington, NC at the old Community Arts Center downtown, and he was, talented . . . and his music was powerfully transcending . . . mellow, yet robust . . . My wife Lindsay and I both enjoyed participatin g and singing along with the last few songs performed!
wipaulmar
Wish Jimmy would come up to Michigan some time. He is one hell of a songwriter and a unique singer as well. Long Live Jimmy LaFave!!
Walk Away Renee is on his debut album, Austin Skyline
i'm trying to find out the name of his cd from around the year 2000 with Renee' on it. Does anyone know what it is. I love his music
amanda.towle r
love this guy's voice and songwriting.
This is the second time I am hearing Jimmy. I was not sure who this was when I heard this song. I have always wanted to live in Austin to experience the music sense ... some of the best musicians... m y favorite ... eric johnson
more great stuff from Texas...if you like this guy check out Charlie Sexton's "Cruel and Gentle Things"..ano t h e r tremondously talented singer/songw r i t e r
amandak868
Wow- Just heard These Blues for first time..change d trajectory of day..now need to hear more.
katzmyth
I can see me getting into his guy. I really like his voice.
Where can I find the Christian hit, "I Rise"? I hear it on K-LOVE radio, but can't find it anywhere. It's awesome.
Lovin' Jimmy.... he is in my cd player nonstop..... . . . . going to see him again soon....
squeaky2866
LOVE HIM BEENA FAN SINCE 95
ldevergilio
wow just heard Never is a Moment.....I ' m a fan

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