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Jimmy LaFave


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Wills Point TX, United States (1955 – present)

Jimmy LaFave was born on July 12, 1955 in Wills Point, Texas, a small town 30 miles east of Dallas. He began school down the road in Mesquite and by Junior High was making music perched behind his Sears & Roebuck drum kit.

It was in this landscape that he began to define his sound and soak up a combination of his experiences among authentic songwriters from the tradition of Woody Guthrie. Before leaving Oklahoma for Austin, Jimmy did some independent recording and toured the southwest with the first version of his band Night Tribe.

He moved to Austin in 1986, where he continued to write songs and to develop his musical ideas. Shortly after arriving he was asked to help launch the songwriter nights at the new performance venue Chicago House. In 1988 he recorded his self–produced tape, Highway Angels…Full Moon Rain, which won the Austin Chronicle Reader’s Poll Tape of the Year Award. This led to a recording contract with a small independent label and allowed LaFave the opportunity to work with Bob Johnston, producer of several of LaFave’s favorite albums including Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde and Nashville Skyline.
His second album, Highway Trance was released in 1994 followed by his third CD, Buffalo Return to the Plains, in 1995.

The grass roots demand and critical acclaim for Jimmy’s music, which led to extensive touring in the United States and Europe, was recognized in 1996 when he was asked to tape a performance for the PBS musical series Austin City Limits, and was invited by Nora Guthrie to appear in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute to Woody Guthrie.


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  • SunChaveZ

    Джимми просто чудесен! Самый лучший исполнитель: песни за душу трогают!

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • JustRomanov

    Так мало людей слушают такого замечательно певца(

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
  • denissexmtz

    Did you know Jimmy LaFave who is featured in Sarah Hickman's "Best of Times" cd is now available on iTunes? Go check it out! Awesome cd, awesome artist!!

    11 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ksbeditor

    Jimmy LaFave and his band will be coming to the me&thee coffeehouse in Marblehead, MA on November 19, 2010. Check us out at We can't wait! It's his me&thee debut!

    9 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Joepas

    come to the Netherlands!

    6 Jul 2010 Reply

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