Jerry Jeff Walker Announces Extensive Concert Schedule

'Mr. Bojangles' writer's latest, Gypsy Songman, reworks material from storied career.

Jerry Jeff Walker made his reputation as a Texas musical outlaw with a song he wrote about a wino and a dead dog — "Mr.Bojangles" — and a song Ray Wylie Hubbard wrote about ... outlaws: "Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother."

These are sure to be part of the gypsy songman's repertoire as he and his Gonzo Compadres make their way from Boston to Ireland to Lubbock, Texas, for tour dates this summer.

"Remember, we only do memorable things," Walker said of a schedule that also will include appearances in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Virginia's acclaimed Birchmere Music Hall and Nashville hot spot the Exit/Inn.

Count on Walker also to showcase his gentler side with ballads such as the classic "Morning Song to Sally" and the Ian Tyson–penned "Navajo Rug."

To kick off the journey, Walker reunites with Guy Clark at the Sun Valley club in Victoria, Texas, on May18. It's been several years since the two icons have shared a stage. Clark wrote several of Walker's hits, including "Desperados Waiting for a Train" (RealAudio excerpt), "Boats to Build" and "L.A.

Freeway" (RealAudio excerpt).

With Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Michael Martin Murphey, Walker and Clark pioneered the

Texas music mix that became progressive country and redneck rock, and influenced the next generation of Texas singer/songwriters, including Lyle Lovett, Townes Van Zandt and Nanci Griffith.

Walker, also known for his annual weekend-long birthday bash

— he turned 59 in March — most recently issued a collection of re-recordings of material from his 30-album career and an autobiography, both titled "Gypsy


Jerry Jeff Walker tour dates:

May 14–15; Alexandria, Va.; Birchmere Music Hall

May 16; New York, N.Y.; Bowery Ballroom

May 18; Victoria, Texas; Sun Valley Dancehall

May 20; Houston, Texas; University of Houston Stadium

May 25; Dublin, Ireland, Vicar Street

May 26; Glasgow, Scotland; Big Big Country Festival

June 10; Muskogee, Okla.; River Rumba

June 14; Boston, Mass., Roxy Ballroom

June 15; Vergennes, Vt.; Vergennes Opera House

June 17; Lubbock, Texas; TBA

June 24; Bellville, Texas, Austin County Fairgrounds

July 1; Allen, Texas; TBA

July 4; San Antonio, Texas; Wolfe Stadium

July 9; Silverton, Ore.; Oregon Garden

July 10–11; San Francisco, Calif.; Great American Music Hall

July 14; Los Angeles, Calif.; House of Blues

July 15; Phoenix, Ariz.; Red River Music Hall

July 22; Fort Worth, Texas; Billy Bob's Texas

July 28–30; Little Rock, Ark., Juanita's Cantina & Bar

Aug. 3; Annapolis, Md.; Ram's Head

Aug. 4; Alexandria, Va.; Birchmere Music Hall

Aug. 5; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Rosebud

Aug. 7; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Ark

Aug. 8; Indianapolis, Ind.; 8 Seconds Saloon

Aug. 9; Louisville, Ky.; Coyote's Dance Hall

Aug. 10; Nashville, Tenn.; Exit/In

Aug. 11; Gulfport, Miss.; Grand Casino

Aug. 12; Tunica, Miss.; Grand Casino