Jimmy LaFave

Texoma

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Jimmy LaFave built his reputation as an interpreter of Dylan songs and as an up-and-coming singer/songwriter from the Austin music scene. On his sixth album, Texoma, he is joined by a talented band and some excellent background singers (the Burns Sisters). The material features a number of covers and originals, and ranges from the quiet "Never Is There a Moment" to the slow rocking blues of "Bad Bad Girl." "Woody Guthrie" is a folk-tribute to an idol, with a soulful vocal and some nice dobro by Larry Wilson. There is a fresh take on John Phillips' classic, "San Francisco," and an upbeat "This Glorious Day," a song full of hope and joy. "Elvis Loved His Mama" may remind the listener more of Jerry Lee Lewis than the King, but either way the song works as a quirky, funny homage to the roots of rock & roll. Glancing at other titles like "Rock and Roll Music to the World" and "On the Road to Rock and Roll," one might gather that while LaFave is a clever songwriter, he also enjoys a little straightforward Memphis rock & roll. This roots approach is also given its due when it comes to LaFave's considerable guitar skills. "Emotionally Yours" is the obligatory Dylan song, and it's nice that LaFave chose a less recognized -- and less cliché -- song from the master. Texoma is fine release, filled with good songs, fitting arrangements, and country soul. LaFave's fans and followers of the Texas country-folk scene should enjoy this one.

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