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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