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“The way he blends country, blues, folk, and early rock & roll, his work ethic, and low-key rapport with fans are all factors that make Jimmy LaFave and outstanding songwriter, musician and performer not to be missed”.
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, Oklahoma. 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. Here he crafted a musical style called Red Dirt music and became a disciple of the state's most famous folk musician: Woody Guthrie. However 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.
In 2005 Jimmy LaFave joined Red House Records and released his album Blue Nightfall in the same year which one reviewer called his "best work yet" and "a great introduction to an important artist". LaFave's second release for Red House Records was the 2007 album Cimarron Manifesto which went to No. 1 on the Association chart. In his review of LaFave's Cimarron Manifesto (2007) for the Folk Wax E-Zine, Arthur Wood calls LaFave "one of the finest Dylan interpreters ever. LaFave's 14th release and most recent, Depending On The Distance, was released in September 2012. Backing musicians include Austin's Eliza Gilkyson and John Inmon. In her review for The Oklahoman, Brandy McDonnell said: "Jimmy LaFave’s first studio album in five years, lives up to the intriguing promise of its title, finding the Oklahoma-Texas troubadour in a contemplative mood whether he is crooning his new original songs, covering an ’80s pop smash or reinterpreting anthems penned by Rock and Roll Hall of famers Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.
Jimmy LaFave came up honestly, honing his skills as a songwriter while hosting an open mic. in Austin, Texas; before long, he was winning awards, with veteran rock critic Dave Marsh praising him as "one of America's greatest voices."