Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Jerry Jeff Walker|
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Luckenbach was virtually a ghost town in the Texas hill country when local rancher John R. "Hondo" Crouch bought it up in the early '70s and turned it into a laid-back small town, in the process building an anything-goes d... more »
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Luckenbach was virtually a ghost town in the Texas hill country when local rancher John R. "Hondo" Crouch bought it up in the early '70s and turned it into a laid-back small town, in the process building an anything-goes dance hall of his dreams. Jerry Jeff Walker recorded his breakthrough progressive-country album Viva Terlingua in Luckenbach in 1973, and he celebrated its 20th anniversary by cutting another live album in the same dance hall. The more sensibly titled Viva Luckenbach is just what we've come to expect from Walker: the sloppy but exuberant combination of raise-a-glass party songs and sentimental ballads that have made Walker the Jimmy Buffett of Texas. --Geoffrey Himes
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One of Jerry Jeff's best!!!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I truly enjoyed "Viva Luckenbach." I found it to be one of JJW's best efforts. Tying in the reunion at Luckenbach was a stroke of genius that helped provide the magic that was produced in the 70's. The title song was brilliant, as was "What I Like about Texas" and "I'll Be Here By Morning." I thought the best song on the cd was "Keep Texas Beautiful". As with nearly all of JJW's best work, he includes some poignant autobiographical tunes. "Little Man" and "The Gift" were excellent. And also true to form, JJW has a "just for fun song" like "Gonzo Compadres." Before I die I hope to get to Luckenbach and Belize and take in JJW live and kickin'. Until then, cd's like this one will keep me "gettin by.""
Jerry Jeff grows up but not quite old
(3 out of 5 stars)
"There is a common story shared by Jerry Jeff, Jimmy Buffett, and Hank Williams Jr.; youth and wildness, plus talent, will make you wealthy enough to settle back and rest on your laurels. The old fans will be there for you and still identify as they settle into their own new, peaceful lives. Viva Lukenbach is a 360 from the drunken beer joint jam of the electrifying Viva Terlingua; the ballads ring with wisdom rather than despair, and the uptempo numbers chug along like a freight train but never threaten to derail. It would be false to say that this record is exciting, but hey ... comforting is not such a bad thing to be. And when there are tunes as strong as "Some Phone Numbers" and "I'll Be Here In the Morning," why quibble about a slower pace?"