Personalities | Jerry Jeff Walker | Country Rock & The Outlaws | Country

(Vocals, guitar, b. 1942)

Walker grew up in upstate New York State and wrote his most famous song, ‘Mr Bojangles’, as a Greenwich Village folkie, but when he moved to Austin in 1972 he embraced the town’s cowboy-hippie ethos so wholeheartedly that he became its personification. Backing his singer-songwriter material with a Texas dancehall band transformed his songs into celebrations of life as an ongoing party. Breakthrough albums such as 1971’s Jerry Jeff Walker, 1973’s Viva Terlingua and 1975’s Ridin’ High introduced unknown songwriters such as Guy Clark, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Gary P. Nunn and Michael Martin Murphey to the world.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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