Jimmy LaFave: Love and Influence Covered in Red Dirt
This Thursday at the Paramount, many stars of Austin’s folk community will be performing at or attending Jimmy LaFave’s Songwriter Rendezvous to celebrate the life, legend, and oversized influence of the longtime Austin singer-songwriter, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer last year. Despite his diagnosis, his delayed making the news public, and his declining condition, LaFave has continued playing. Back in April he played a 90-minute set at a San Antonio Food Bank fundraiser with a set list blending originals and covers, namely his signature takes on Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie tunes. He performed again last month at Threadgill’s.
Though born in Wills Point, Texas, LaFave was raised near Stillwater, Oklahoma where he developed his signature Red Dirt music style and was the first to bring that style to Austin and stake its place. Last month, Oklahoma presented LaFave with the inaugural Restless Spirit Award given by the state’s Red Dirt Relief Fund, a charity that raises money for Oklahoma musicians in critical need. LaFave will also be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame this June.
Since moving to Austin in the 80s, LaFave has not only become a mainstay in the folk and Americana sub-communities of Austin musicians, but has been a bridge between the different generations of players as well, many of whom will join the singer-songwriter on stage this Thursday at the Paramount for Jommy LaFave’s Songwriter Rendezvous including Christine Albert, Marcia Ball, Ruthie Foster, Butch Hancock, Eliza Gilkyson, Sam Baker, and more. KUTX’s Jody Denberg is set to host.