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Texoma

Jimmy LafaveAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bohemia Beat
  • ASIN: B000059SV4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,285 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bad Bad Girl
2. San Francisco
3. Never Is A Moment
4. This Glorious Day
5. Poor Man's Dream
6. On A Bus To St. Cloud
7. Rock And Roll Music To The World
8. Red Dirt Song
9. Woody Guthrie
10. Tears
11. Love Can Find Its Own Way
12. Elvis Loved His Mama
13. Emotionally Yours
14. Patient Man
15. On The Road To Rock And Roll
16. The Moon's A Harsh Mistress

Editorial Reviews

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Like others in that amorphous genre called roots rock, Jimmy LaFave, Texas-born and Oklahoma-raised (hence the album's title), is a critics' darling whose past efforts earned acclaim placing him in the tradition of his heroes Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. That's risky, since others who've endured similar plaudits often fell short of the hype. As does LaFave. Gravelly voice and all, he's awash in pretense from the first note. His Guthrie tribute is earnest to the point of overkill (Dylan's "Song for Woody" covered the same ground more eloquently). His own "Poor Man's Dream" spews inane rural homilies, as do "Red Dirt Song" and the hackneyed "Rock and Roll Music to the World." Reviving the silly, dated hippie anthem "San Francisco," a 1967 hit for folk-rocker Scott McKenzie, might seem clever, but the result is quirky for quirky's sake. A fine line exists between artful and mannered earthiness. LaFave not only works the wrong side of that line, he demonstrates a total mastery of every rootsy cliché known to man and nothing more. --Rich Kienzle

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Man Kienzle Has His Head Somewhere Smelly April 15, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Last night I saw one of the greatest concerts of my life. It was Jimmy LaFave and Tom Russell at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn, IL. I am a few months away from 50 and have probably seen well over a thousand performances in my life, and this was absolutely one of the best. I can assure you that the few hundred lucky souls in that audience would say that Mr. Kienzle is a very sorry excuse for a critic. Jimmy performed much of the Texoma recording which features songs written by himself and several others. Although I have only had the CD for one day, three songs stand out as Jimmy LaFave favorites for me. "On A Bus To St. Cloud" is about a lost love and a face in the crowd. It is a beautiful rendition of the song written by Gretchen Peters. "Emotionally Yours" was written by Bob Dylan in 1985 when many of us were ignoring Bob. Thanks Jimmy for making me aware of this song. The final song that really stands out is "Woody Guthrie" written by LaFave. It begins with, "Well you're out there again...Three sheets to the wind...Ramblin' and driftin'...And just living your life away. The images are powerful and a fitting tribute to Woody. Jimmy helps promote the Woody Guthrie festival in Oklahoma every year. LaFave mentioned that he and his bass player decided to drive two lane roads to Chicago from Texas. He stopped at the Field of Dreams and at Alpine Valley to spend time at Stevie Ray Vaughn's last stand. The songs reflect his life on the road and his admiration of musicians who influence him. If you enjoy a voice with soul and passion, and an individual who puts everything he has into his music, you will enjoy this recording.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FROM BALLAD TO BOUNCE March 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Open a bottle of wine, or slip some long neck beers into a bucket of ice to chill, and put in this CD by LaFave, 'cause I do believe ol' Road Warrior Jimmy is getting mellow in his years. There're some fine tunes here for watching sunsets or sitting by a fire. But don't you worry, you Bubbas and Bubbettes, there're some foot-tappin' rockin' and high-steppin' songs too.
Through the years, LaFave's music has epitomized emotion, integrity, and intensity...and he doesn't dissapoint here. Backed by support musicians like Larry Wilson, who can make that guitar wail through the tender songs, and David Webb on the keyboards, doing a whole lot of the kind of shakin' that would make Jerry Lee Lewis proud, LaFave's singular voice shows the maturity of all those thousands of gigs from Oklahoma to Amsterdam.
In addition to nine new songs of his own, LaFave offers up a selection ranging from Gretchen Peters' "On a Bus to St. Cloud" to the toe-tapping "Elvis Loved His Mama," by Bob Childers and John Cooper. And, as always with LaFave, you may have heard the songs of the others before, but you never heard 'em like this.
I first heard this CD driving a truck out into a night highway from Austin into the rain and the dark, and that's a good setting too. Some songs were tender, others were goose bumps, and others still caught me tapping one boot and having to back off on the gas with the other, Oh, boy! You keep singin', Jimmy, and I'll keep drivin' all night long.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moon May Be A Harsh Mistress, but On Texoma It's Sweet January 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is an album that I cannot shelve. I keep getting drawn back to it again & again. They say that for an actor, the best role is one that allows for a wide range of emotions; and on "Texoma," Jimmy LaFave's sweet tenor certainly moves from rowdy to tender with ease. The throbbing guitar line that opens "Bad Bad Girl" is addictive. John Phillips' beautiful ode to hippy days, "San Francisco," comes off exquisitely with David Webb's rolling piano like waves on the ocean. LaFave is in tremendous voice on the gorgeous ballad where he sings, "There never is a moment you are not on my mind." "There's a new highway song playing in your soul," is a great lyric from the cheerful midtempo # "This Glorious Day." Electric guitar propels "Poor Man's Dream" through this country march. Gretchen Peters has become one of my favorite singers this past year. (I recommend both of her CDs, particularly her self-titled one.) So it was a real treat to hear Jimmy do her "On A Bus to St. Cloud" that Trisha Yearwood also recorded. The ballad is sweet and LaFave's tenor is so expressive. "Rock & Roll Music to the World" is kind of rock fluff for me, but enjoyable, which is followed by the midtempo rocker "Red Dirt Song." The sentimental homage to country legend "Woody Guthrie" is growing on me, even if old Woody is "three sheets to the wind." (This song started a family discussion of where that pharse originated which we have yet to answer.) One of my favorite tracks is "Tears" that is a soulful ballad which is like seeing the light after a strong storm. LaFave doesn't dwell on it, but sings, "You'll see what faith can do. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid effort by a gifted songwriter and musician. March 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In 1977 I arrived at the University of Texas ready to shake loose the tethers of family and high school and begin seeing the world. Over the next few years, I was fortunate enough to experience the birth of the music scene in Austin. I heard some of the greatest singers and songwriters and rarely even had to pay a cover charge for the privilege. I have tried for years to share with my friends what that remarkable time was like. It has always been difficult though, because a lot about music has sadly changed. Jimmy LaFave reminds me so much of those amazing years. In some ways his music is a throw back to the kinetic allure of raucous roadhouse bands and nickel beer nights. In other ways, he carves his own musical path with such touching and heartfelt ballads that I find it hard to make any comparisons to his music. Simply put, it is a rare musician who is as good loud and rockin' as he is soft, acoustic and reflective. Jimmy is something special in that way. And believe me, so is his band. David Webb's keyboards will make you grin wickedly one minute, then tear up the next.
Never Is A Moment is, with all sincerity, one of the most beautiful and moving songs that you will ever hear. It is the kind of song that you will want to share with someone that you love as a way to remind them of their special place in your heart and in your thoughts. I played this song for my wife the other night as we danced alone and in love out under the starlit Texas sky. I guarantee that she will remember that evening for the rest of her life. If you give Texoma even half a chance to work its wonders on you, I imagine that you will be reminded too of just how special it is to explore the mysteries of being in love and alive to the gifted melodies of guys like Jimmy LaFave.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy is great!
Anything I hear by Jimmy Lafave, is awesome, and this one is! You can be safe buying anything Jimmy offers!
Published 14 months ago by JPQ
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music!
Such a talented artist that has been around a long time. I was recently introduced to his music by some friends and will be ordering more of hid CDs..
Published 14 months ago by Sherry Sullivan
3.0 out of 5 stars Needed Better Production
If for no other reason, I have to recommend this recording on the grounds that it contains a cover of that immortal classic from the Summer of Love, John Phillips' "San Francisco. Read more
Published on July 25, 2009 by Karl W. Nehring
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music from a great artist
Texoma is the best album by LaFave..He covers all types of music and has a great voice (kind of like Meatloaf in his gentle ballads of the past). Read more
Published on May 16, 2008 by William Olmstead
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid, not spectacular.
I have to agree more with the Editorial review than with all the glowing customer reviews. After listening to four LaFave albums on the recommendation of a friend, I have to say... Read more
Published on May 14, 2007 by The Kid
4.0 out of 5 stars A class act!
This is the only CD of his I own, but I surely intend to buy more. I've seen him perform live and he is really enjoyable- down to earth and every-mannish- interacts with his... Read more
Published on March 19, 2006 by Eileen Mcsorley
5.0 out of 5 stars Texas soul
I had thought that contemporary country music had faded into cheesy superficial irrelevance. I was wrong. There are musicians all about the country that shine with great talent. Read more
Published on May 7, 2003 by Sonny Saggese
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF OKLAHOMA'S FINEST!
Lafave is a singer/songwriter who plays in the alt.country, roots rock, and pop ballad fields. I've had the good fortune of seeing him live at the quaint little Blue Door Club here... Read more
Published on December 15, 2001 by Patrick Earley
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars and 2 crowns
Lafave has for me two crowns: one, he is the best rock ballad singer in this world, and, two, he covers Dylan songs better than anyone else. Read more
Published on October 12, 2001 by Mois Benarroch - Author of "HORSES AND OTHER DOUBTS"
5.0 out of 5 stars Americana? Texas Music? What is this anyway?
"Get the weight of the world off your shoulders and throw it away."
Critics call this music "Americana" or "Texas Music" (no matter where it's... Read more
Published on May 13, 2001 by John Martin
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