They have been all our heroes. But to Steve Earle, they have been his pals and mentors. As a younger pup of the Texas-born songwriters who flocked to Nashville through the ’70s outlaw motion to avoid wasting nation music, together with sitting at Guy Clark’s kitchen desk as he pounded his coronary heart out on Heartworn Highways sang, Steve Earle was the fly the wall for every thing. And when his pals have fallen – Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and even his personal son Justin Townes – Steve and his band The Dukes stand as much as pay tribute.
Jerry Jeff Walker died on October 23, 2020, however not earlier than he died from the tune “Mr. Bojangles” and helped create the situations in Austin, TX that may finally make it the reside music capital of the world and a substitute for Nashville. And now certainly one of his many underlings might be releasing the tribute JERRY JEFF on May twenty seventh by means of New West Records.
“This record completes the set, my teachers’ first-hand work,” Earle explains within the liner notes, referencing 2009’s TOWNES and 2019’s GUY after they’ve handed away. “The data have been recorded and launched within the order during which they left this world. But make no mistake – it was Jerry Jeff Walker who got here first.”
Steve Earle says he first heard Jerry Jeff Walker when he was 14 after a highschool drama instructor gave him a duplicate of Mr. Bojangles.” Earle later met Jerry Jeff in particular person in Nashville and have become his designated driver for a time. But Steve Earle additionally desires to know that Jerry Jeff wasn’t simply “the guy who wrote ‘Mr. Bonjangles’”, although that song put it on the map after everyone from Bob Dylan to Sammy Davis Jr. recorded it.
“There’s a bent to consider Jerry Jeff by way of a relationship with a tune. He was additionally such an ideal interpreter of different folks’s songs. But my fundamental objective in making this album was to remind folks that he wrote numerous freakin’ nice songs,” says Earle, who recorded the record with The Dukes at Electric Lady Studios in New York. Although Jerry Jeff Walker is synonymous with Texas, he was originally from central New York State himself.
Prior to the album, Steve Earle released the song “Gettin’ By”, which took Jerry Jeff Walker’s legendary album Viva Terlingua! released 1973, recorded in Luckenbach, Texas.
What made Jerry Jeff Walker so important, aside from assembling his own catalog of songs, was the way he capitalized on the popularity he was garnered from “Mr. Bojangles” to highlight his fellow songwriters by including songs by Ray Wylie Hubbard (“Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother”), Guy Clark (“LA Freeway”), Willis Alan Ramsey (“Northeast Texas Women”), Michael Martin Murphy ( “Backslider’s Wine”) and lots of extra. Now Steve Earle and The Dukes will retaliate.
JERRY JEFF is out there now for pre-order.
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