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 Tysonpenned "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 1415; 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 1011; 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 2830; 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