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2020-10-24 1:20:10 AM  
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2020-10-24 1:24:34 AM  
2020, up against the wall, you redneck mother.
 
2020-10-24 1:24:54 AM  
RIP songwriting dude

Gary P. Nunn With Jerry Jeff Walker - London Homesick Blues (1991)
Youtube joX_o3s5ElQ
 
2020-10-24 1:36:34 AM  

markie_farkie: 2020, up against the wall, you redneck mother.


Came here to say basically the same thing. RIP, you cool mother...
Jerry Jeff Walker Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother
Youtube YcBOcwgb4OA
 
2020-10-24 2:09:59 AM  
Jerry Jeff Walker - Mr. Bojangles
Youtube ZIZgivVGsTQ
 
2020-10-24 2:39:56 AM  
As of this moment (11:39 PM PST), no official obit, just that tweet.
 
2020-10-24 2:55:34 AM  

PaulRB: As of this moment (11:39 PM PST), no official obit, just that tweet.


https://www.wideopencountry.com/jerry​-​jeff-walker/
 
2020-10-24 3:57:36 AM  
Ray Wylie Hubbard on Redneck Mother
Youtube E24C4NY0ga8
 
2020-10-24 6:19:19 AM  
Willie is about the only Austin Outlaw left.
 
2020-10-24 6:31:12 AM  
Most didn't know his name, but they damned well knew his music. But here's one he didn't write, but DID record before even the writer. RIP JJW.

Desperados Waiting For a Train Jerry Jeff Walker with Lyrics
Youtube nX-wgx3y0Hw
 
2020-10-24 7:00:18 AM  
Todd Snider - Story about Jerry Jeff (part one)
Youtube tp66G-RQDz0
Todd Snider telling stories about Jerry Jeff Walker (part 1)
 
2020-10-24 7:00:54 AM  
Todd Snider - Story about Jerry Jeff (part two)
Youtube 2UVXRPMv99Q
part 2
 
2020-10-24 7:13:38 AM  
L.A. Freeway (Live In New Orleans, 1977)
Youtube xtHOUC6UY9s
Great version of a song written by Guy Clark
 
2020-10-24 7:26:27 AM  
Not what I wanted to wake up to.  Fark you 2020.

Lightly touch down Sir.
 
2020-10-24 7:54:34 AM  

Another Government Employee: Willie is about the only Austin Outlaw left.


He did Conan's podcast a couple of weeks ago if anyone's interested.
Still got it, still funny, still Willie.
 
2020-10-24 8:34:41 AM  
I give, 2020. You win.

His version of L.A. Freeway is a top ten song for me. I learned about Texas, Belize, and Key West through Jerry Jeff. Enjoy your eternity in Gonzo Heaven.
 
2020-10-24 8:38:40 AM  
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RIP DYNOMITE!
 
2020-10-24 8:49:49 AM  

AintNoAmoeba: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/2UVXRPMv​99Q] part 2


Telling the story with Jerry Jeff.

Todd Snider w/ Jerry Jeff Walker, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires - "Mr. Bojangles"
Youtube 5QdWpab_kFg
 
2020-10-24 8:58:14 AM  
Looks like he didn't have to ask the way to armadillo
 
2020-10-24 9:10:50 AM  
Viva Terlingua is the greatest album ever recorded.
 
2020-10-24 9:19:37 AM  
RIP, all good tunes must come to an end.

/ The song never ends, the key just changes.
 
2020-10-24 9:20:19 AM  
Loved Jerry Jeff, loved the Todd Snider story. RIP songsmith

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2020-10-24 9:31:19 AM  
This was a big one in college (University of Wisconsin- Steven's Point) in the mid 1970's. Most of the bars on the Square had it on the jukebox. About the only other song that got the drunk students riled up and singing along was Johnny Horton's Battle of New Orleans. Yes, we were an odd bunch.

Pot Can't Call The Kettle Black - Jerry Jeff Walker
Youtube Re3-xo9bRc8
 
2020-10-24 9:31:57 AM  

AintNoAmoeba: [iFrame https://www.youtube.com/embed/2UVXRPMv​99Q?autoplay=1&widget_referrer=https%3​A%2F%2Fwww.fark.com&start=0&enablejsap​i=1&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fark.com&​widgetid=3] part 2


Dusty in here.
 
2020-10-24 9:35:55 AM  

AintNoAmoeba: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/tp66G-RQ​Dz0] Todd Snider telling stories about Jerry Jeff Walker (part 1)


I bought tickets to see Todd at the Caverns in Tennessee for this summer, front row!  When I bought them I was hoping there would be a surprise appearance by someone like jerry or john prine.  Been wanting to see todd for a while now and was really looking forward to it.

the concert was pushed to next february, and now i don't even know if I want to go get into a crowd that soon.
 
2020-10-24 9:46:23 AM  
Mr. Bojangles - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - [With Lyrics]
Youtube e-LVXR6rjXs
 
2020-10-24 9:49:00 AM  
And this is a great version.
Bojangles FOSSE
Youtube Zoan00dGB1c
 
2020-10-24 10:38:15 AM  
Continuing with the Todd Snider connection. A great story!

Todd Snider - The Story of the Ballad of the Devil's Backbone Tavern
Youtube Hpq_XHOcxKU
 
2020-10-24 10:57:12 AM  
It occurs to me that a great Sunday Morning Music thread theme would be songs from the great artists we've lost in 2020
 
2020-10-24 11:26:04 AM  
pack up all your dishes, make note of all good wishes.  RIP Guy Clark and Jackey Jack.
 
2020-10-24 11:33:53 AM  

Another Government Employee: Willie is about the only Austin Outlaw left.


Billy Joe Shaver is still alive (I think.)
 
2020-10-24 11:35:32 AM  

AintNoAmoeba: [YouTube video: L.A. Freeway (Live In New Orleans, 1977)]Great version of a song written by Guy Clark


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Spinning now. Love his take on Rusty Weir's "Don't it Make Ya Wanna Dance."
 
2020-10-24 11:37:35 AM  

dryknife: Another Government Employee: Willie is about the only Austin Outlaw left.

Billy Joe Shaver is still alive (I think.)


I have you tagged as an Arkie. I've seen BJS several times at Whitewater Tavern in LR. One of the best.
 
2020-10-24 11:40:26 AM  
Jerry Jeff's train songs...
 
2020-10-24 11:49:38 AM  
I love this song.

Jerry Jeff Walker - Jaded Lover 1991
Youtube Vg4ttXb9q1M


I can see you are an angel
With wings that won't unfold
Tune up your harp, polish your old halo
The only kind of man that you ever wanted
Was the one that you knew
You'd never hold very long
Sittin' there cryin', like I'm the first one to go
 
2020-10-24 11:50:54 AM  

holdenoversoul: dryknife: Another Government Employee: Willie is about the only Austin Outlaw left.

Billy Joe Shaver is still alive (I think.)

I have you tagged as an Arkie. I've seen BJS several times at Whitewater Tavern in LR. One of the best.


Yeah. Fort Smith. Still pissed at myself for not going to see Hayes Carll when he played here just before all of the pandemic pandemonium. He may be the closest young song writer of Bill Joe's caliber (you were fortunate to have seen him - I never have.)

Jerry Jeff was entertaining and a good country song writer (for a New Yorker!) R.I.P.
 
2020-10-24 11:51:11 AM  

downstairs: Jerry Jeff's train songs...


She's a railroad lady, just a little bit shady...
 
2020-10-24 12:07:32 PM  
My best friend's son, who is slightly famous now, posted this this morning:

'I went to a Chicago radio station early one morning in 1993 because there was a rumor Pete Townshend might show up to do an interview. I was hoping I could meet Pete.

I shared an elevator with a man carrying a guitar so I introduced myself. It was Jerry Jeff Walker. He was doing an interview at the same station. I was honest with him about why I was there. JJW said "Oh yeah - Pete's great. Say, why don't you pretend to be my assistant so you can come into the station with me. You'll have a better chance at meeting Mr. Townshend that way"

I accepted his offer and was excited to get into a little harmless mischief with a legend like him. I stood in the control room while JJW was interviewed. A station employee asked me, "Does Mr. Walker need anything?" I looked up and said "What?" I'd already forgotten my role. "Oh! If Jerry didn't ask for anything then he's fine".

After the interview, we walked down a hallway along with station staff members and JJW smiled and said very loudly "Nice to meet you, Jason!" The staff looked at me, confused. He was really having fun now and I was on my own. I could no longer hang out waiting for Pete. So I jumped in the elevator to get a couple more mins with Jerry Jeff Walker. I was 22 and starting to get a little attention from the "music industry". I told him ASCAP wanted to sign me and asked him if BMI was better.

He got off the elevator and before the doors closed he said...

"They'll both f*ck you, son"

The doors closed.'
 
2020-10-24 12:09:44 PM  

dryknife: holdenoversoul: dryknife: Another Government Employee: Willie is about the only Austin Outlaw left.

Billy Joe Shaver is still alive (I think.)

I have you tagged as an Arkie. I've seen BJS several times at Whitewater Tavern in LR. One of the best.

Yeah. Fort Smith. Still pissed at myself for not going to see Hayes Carll when he played here just before all of the pandemic pandemonium. He may be the closest young song writer of Bill Joe's caliber (you were fortunate to have seen him - I never have.)

Jerry Jeff was entertaining and a good country song writer (for a New Yorker!) R.I.P.


Love Hayes and have seen him three or four times. His set at Peacemaker a few years ago was excellent.

Hopefully Billy Joe gets back on the road after this shiat's over and rolls back through our area. He was here in Fayetteville in 2017 and I got to chat with him for a minute. Told him we cover a few of his songs and he said "okay."
 
2020-10-24 12:15:48 PM  
Really?  You are feeling bad about the death of a guy who is most famous for writing a song about how sad it is that some racist blackface wearing drunk lost his livelihood when minstrel shows vanished?
 
2020-10-24 12:31:47 PM  
Losing Guy Clark and John Prine was hard but this flat-out feels like the last vestige of my teen years just got ripped away. In the 70s the Austin bars weren't too particular about IDs. I saw him SO many times.  Gack.
 
2020-10-24 12:34:20 PM  

Noah_Tall: Really?  You are feeling bad about the death of a guy who is most famous for writing a song about how sad it is that some racist blackface wearing drunk lost his livelihood when minstrel shows vanished?


And there it is.
 
2020-10-24 1:23:34 PM  

Noah_Tall: Really?  You are feeling bad about the death of a guy who is most famous for writing a song about how sad it is that some racist blackface wearing drunk lost his livelihood when minstrel shows vanished?


The original Bojangles was black.

The one in the song was black.

Let me me break this down for you.

For years in New Orleans, and it still goes on.  Poor black folk could not afford tap shoes.  So they would put bottle caps on their shoes and dance for tourists for change. Sometimes they got arrested.

This is Bojangles. 32k went to see his casket and pay their respects.

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And here are the tap shoes in question.

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2020-10-24 1:34:33 PM  

Noah_Tall: Really?  You are feeling bad about the death of a guy who is most famous for writing a song about how sad it is that some racist blackface wearing drunk lost his livelihood when minstrel shows vanished?


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2020-10-24 1:47:29 PM  
The original dancing "Bojangles" was Bill Robinson who died when Walker was a young boy. Robinson was a famous vaudeville tapper whose most famous part was to dance opposite Shirley Temple in The Little Colonel.

I never believed that the narrative in the song was anything other than a sentimental fiction.
 
2020-10-24 2:04:24 PM  

yakmans_dad: The original dancing "Bojangles" was Bill Robinson who died when Walker was a young boy. Robinson was a famous vaudeville tapper whose most famous part was to dance opposite Shirley Temple in The Little Colonel.

I never believed that the narrative in the song was anything other than a sentimental fiction.


It wasn't even about Bill Robinson.
 
2020-10-24 2:19:01 PM  

yakmans_dad: The original dancing "Bojangles" was Bill Robinson who died when Walker was a young boy. Robinson was a famous vaudeville tapper whose most famous part was to dance opposite Shirley Temple in The Little Colonel.

I never believed that the narrative in the song was anything other than a sentimental fiction.


The original Bill "Bojangles" Robinson died when Jerry Jeff was about seven years old which is a little young to be in a segregated New Orleans jail cell. But why let little things like facts get in the way of a good song? I rode with friends of mine to see him once at Gruene Hall just after he'd gone on the wagon. Right before he came on they announced that since Jerry Jeff had quit drinking the bar would be closed during his set. The roar of a dozen Harleys leaving the parking lot drowned out his first song. https://www.wideopencountry.com/mr-bo​j​angles-the-story-behind-the-song/
 
2020-10-24 2:20:02 PM  

yakmans_dad: The original dancing "Bojangles" was Bill Robinson who died when Walker was a young boy. Robinson was a famous vaudeville tapper whose most famous part was to dance opposite Shirley Temple in The Little Colonel.

I never believed that the narrative in the song was anything other than a sentimental fiction.


A local branch of my bank had the tellers put up little placards with 3 things they wanted you to know about them. One of my favorites said when she was a child she took tap lessons from Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson. I always thought that was pretty cool.
 
2020-10-24 2:21:02 PM  

Noah_Tall: Really?  You are feeling bad about the death of a guy who is most famous for writing a song about how sad it is that some racist blackface wearing drunk lost his livelihood when minstrel shows vanished?


Oh he was famous for a lot more than that. https://www.texasmonthly.com/the-cult​u​re/that-70s-show/
 
2020-10-24 3:16:25 PM  

theflatline: Noah_Tall: Really?  You are feeling bad about the death of a guy who is most famous for writing a song about how sad it is that some racist blackface wearing drunk lost his livelihood when minstrel shows vanished?


The original Bojangles was black.

The one in the song was black.

Let me


stop you right there. JJW himself pointed out that it was a WHITE GUY, repeatedly. Again, this was New Orleans he was jailed in, they had segregated jails when it happened. The song's subject was a crazy old drunk, plain and simple - one whose story caused the jail cell he was in to get quieter and quieter until the last line of the song actually happened because everyone was so depressed listening to the story.
 
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