Nite Moves – August 1989
Jerry Jeff Walkin’ Again
By Jim Brown
He's alive and well, sporting a nine handicap, and a brand-new live album, and a hit video. For Jerry Jeff Walker; who turned forty-seven this spring, it's a major accomplishment that he's around at all.
After a four year drought during which no Jerry Jeff album was
Jerry Jeff has stacked up some legendary notoriety during the years. The first time he surfaced we knew him as a writer of one of the globe's most recorded songs 'Mr. Bojangles"... a young man who perhaps became hooked on emulating the hobos and 'characters' he met while enjoying a single career on the folk circuit.
Settling in Austin in the seventies' Walker next became known as the 'goodtimes, badtimes' singer who frequently appeared on Austin City Limits show and was fast on his way to becoming a Texan institution.
During these years Jerry Jeff visited
"All I do is play music and golf. The money made pays the IRS
off." The lyrics from his single "Lovin
Makes Livin' Worthwhile" describe where
"Recording on a independent record label gives me the freedom to do the music exactly the way I want to do it," he confides over the phone. He's anxious to get out on the links but 'real pleased' that all his fans 'up there' still remember him.
The album Live at Gruene Hall is out in
the States and being released in
The video "I Feel Like Hank Williams
Tonight" is a nostalgic and melancholy tune. At the end of the concert
footage a tired
These days Jerry Jeff travels light. "I like working solo, just me and my guitar, travelling around. When I started, I just went out hitchhiking with no money..." So, he's come full circle. Back to where he began.
Records cost money to make and the record companies bill you. Videos the same. Eventually there you are $250,000 in the hole and the company tells you to sell the record by forming a band and touring. So you get a bus and a band and hit the road ...You come home another $100,000 in debt, after paying expenses, your wife has left you and you are standing in your front yard wondering how you are going to make your house payment."
Sound familiar? The story has been told many times over by hundreds of disillusioned singers.
You can catch Jerry Jeff when he appears, one night only, Tuesday August 16th, at Boone County Cabaret in Coquitlam. He'll be there with his songs, his guitar - and he'll give you your money's worth of good music.