Jimmy LaFave 036

Jimmy LaFave 036

Look closer for one song lyric and all twelve song titles from the award-winning album, Cimarron Manifesto: “Now as the rain falls down, on my weary eyes. . . ”(Walk Away René); Car Outside; Catch the Wind; This Land; Truth; Lucky Man; Hideaway Girl; That’s the Way It Goes; Not Dark Yet; Walk a Mile in My Shoes; Don’t Ask Me; Home Once Again; These Blues

Jimmy LaFave was a singer-songwriter and folk musician, born in Wills, Texas. (July 12, 1955 – May 21, 2017) Jimmy passed three days after his appearance at the sold-out, Paramount Theater tribute to LaFave. Austin artists included Eliza Gilkyson, Slaid Cleaves and Ruthie Foster. Out-of-state artists included Nashville’s Gretchen Peters, Boston’s Ellis Paul and Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter Sarah Lee Guthrie, primarily playing songs that LaFave wrote or were part of his repertoire. 

Within 24 hours, LaFave’s death was reported in numerous newspapers throughout Texas and Oklahoma, in The New York Timesand as far away as England, where he often performed.

When LaFave’s battle with cancer was made public, the benefit concert to honor him was set for May 18, 2017. LaFave selected friends and musicians to perform. LaFave selected charities that would receive the proceeds, ultimately, $55,000.

Jimmy began playing in Wills Point, Texas on the drums. He moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma playing percussion in the school band. At 15 LaFave switched to guitar. He began writing and singing his own songs in a band called The Night Tribe.

LaFave finished high school, played music at night and worked during the day as the manager of a music club called Up Your Alley. He recorded the albums Down Under in 1979 and Broken Line in 1981. Later, in 1988, LaFave self-released a cassette only album “Highway Angels… Full Moon Rain“, which featured his photography as the cover artwork.

A singer-songwriter and folk musician, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, LaFave became a supporter of Woody Guthrie. He and a collection of songwriters at “the farm” developed a sound known as “red dirt music”. During that time, LaFave met Bob Childers and produced his first record. Mixing blues, jazz, and country influences he began writing songs inspired by J. J. Cale, Chet Baker, Bob Dylan and Leon Russell. Sometime after Childers’ death in 2008, a one-day singer-songwriter festival called Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café became an annual fundraising event in Stillwater, for the non-profit Red Dirt Relief Fund. On April 26, 2017, during the festival, LaFave was the inaugural recipient of the Restless Spirit Award. LaFave later became an Advisory Board member and regular performer at the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. LaFave’s “red dirt music” sound has been described as a mix of rock, folk, rockabilly, and country, grounded Texas and Oklahoma landscapes.

In 1996 LaFave received the Kerrville Folk Festival songwriter of the year award and appeared on Austin City Limits. He’s recorded 15 albums. Cimarron Manifesto, (2007) was No. 1 on the Americana Music Association album chart. 

In April 2014, Music Road records released Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne. The 2-disc tribute album, two years in the making, was produced by LaFave after he garnered Browne’s approval during the 2012 Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration. The album features Bruce Springsteen, Lyle Lovett, Bonnie Raitt, Ben Harper, Keb Mo’, Shawn Colvin, Lucinda Williams, and others.

LaFave was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2017 alongside Carl Belew, musician-actor Rodney Lay, the Red Dirt Rangers, David Teegarden, Sr. and singer-harmonica player Jimmy “Junior” Markham. credit – wikipedia

The first print of this illustration was be sold in Swan Song’s Serenade, an online auction. Swan Song is an organization that fulfills musical last wishes by organizing private concerts for individuals with a terminal illness or nearing the end of life.

Original illustration done in graphite and the following Prisma Colors: Tuscan Red and Poppy Red for Jimmy developing the “red dirt music” sound; Sienna Brown for Jimmy’s project, Looking Into You, A Tribute to Jackson Brown

Derivative work done with permission from Jimmy LaFave Facebook photos.

What you get:
$40 (36.95 + 3.05 tax)
11 x 14 Print Package with Authenticity Sheet
signed and numbered (run of 20)
Domestic Priority Mail $8
 (Free shipping)

Jimmy LaFave

Developed the “red dirt music” sound. Rest In Peace.


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