I had all intentions of posting a video in this space, but cannot. Let me explain…
This website and the radio station we all love plays music you can’t hear anywhere else.
This combination of country, blues, folk, cajun and rock & roll is known as Americana.
The history of what has become Americana is full of twists and turns, from the days of
“cosmic country” espoused by Gram Parsons through the outlaw period with Waylon and
Willie, followed by Dwight Yoakam, Steve Earle and the many artists we celebrate today.
Jerry Jeff Walker has long been mythologized as one of the leaders of this movement –
and I’ve never been able to figure out why. Oh, sure – he wrote “Mr Bojangles”, was
best buddies with Guy Clark and Ray Wylie Hubbard, toured incessantly during the 70′s
and 80′s, and was productive throughout, but still. To my ears, his albums were so-so.
Little video showed what he was like onstage. I didn’t get it.
Until now. A treasure trove of material from a little-seen Texas tv show called
“Dixie’s Bar and Bus Stop” has been found – and guess who stars in the first cd/dvd
entry in what I hope will be a series of releases? Yup.
And the material is amazing. Stored in an unheated, un-air conditioned shed for
decades, the Betamax tapes survived, and the clarity is terrific.
Available on dvd and cd through Amazon, this set of 26 Jerry Jeff originals and covers
from Hubbard, Clark and many others is a must-have for anybody who loves, kinda likes
or is even intrigued by Americana music.
I can’t post video from the set because of rights issues, but trust me – the money
you will pay to acquire the cd or dvd (or both!) will be well spent.
Go to Amazon and search for “Dixie’s Bar and Bus Stop” – you will be glad you did.