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Jerry Jeff Walker: No Leavin' Texas 1968-1982: The Classic Jerry Jeff *

Track List

>Mr. Bojangles
>Driftin' Way of Life
>Morning Song to Sally
>I Makes Money (Money Don't Make Me)
>Help Me Now
>I'm Gonna Tell on You
>Secret, A
>Hill Country Rain
>Charlie Dunn
>That Old Time Feeling
>L.A. Freeway
>Gettin' By
>Desperados Waiting for a Train
>Up Against the Wall, Redneck
>Salvation Army Band
>Pot Can't Call the Kettle Black
>Pissin' in the Wind
>(Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night
>Pick Up the Tempo
>She Left Me Holdin'
>Standin' at the Big Hotel
>Couldn't Do Nothin' Right
>Old Five and Dimers Like Me
>Some Day I'll Get Out of These Bars
>It's a Good Night for Singin'
>Don't It Make You Wanna Dance?
>One Too Many Mornings
>Leavin' Texas
>Tryin' to Hold the Wind Up with a Sail
>Suckin' a Big Bottle of Gin
>Eastern Avenue River Blues
>Comfort and Crazy
>Northcoast Texas Women
>Too Old to Change
>I Ain't Livin' Long Like This
>Got Lucky Last Night
>Maybe Mexico
>Dealing with the Devil

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Thom Jurek.

This excellent two-disc set from Texas-based country music icon Jerry Jeff Walker covers his prime years from 1968 to 1982. Long associated with the outlaw country movement of 1970s Texas, Walker is actually a native of upstate New York and cut his teeth in the mid-'60s Greenwich Village folk scene in New York City. It was there he recorded his signature song "Mr. Bojangles" in 1968 before relocating to Austin, Texas, where he established himself among a maverick group of progressive Texan songwriters who included Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Waylon Jennings, and Townes Van Zandt. At nearly 40 songs, this collection represents the first comprehensive anthology of each of his albums from the six labels he recorded for during his '70s and early-'80s heyday. The thoughtful mix of lonesome country, wry honky tonk, and observational folk songs that were his trademark are well represented by tracks like "Hill Country Rain," "Leavin' Texas," and the beautiful "A Secret." His creativity, impeccable songcraft, and easy manner made him a legend, and based on the unwavering quality of this collection, it's easy to see why Walker become one of the Lone Star State's favorite adopted sons. ~ Timothy Monger


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