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Luckenbach was an abandoned Texas ghost town when eccentric rancher Hondo Crouch purchased it wholesale for $3000 in 1970. His first order of business was to reopen the local dance hall, which soon became a hangout for Jerry Jeff Walker and his coterie of Austin musicians. The Luckenbach Dancehall was the site of Walker’s biggest artistic and commercial triumph, 1973’s Viva Terlingua, which was recorded there on August 18, 1973. Walker and his pals aimed to invest country with the wild abandon of rock ‘n’ roll, while also maintaining respect for excellence in songcraft. “Gettin’ By,” “Get It Out” and “Sangria Wine” belong equally to hippies, truckers and cowboys. Despite his mischievous streak, Walker also sang moving versions of Guy Clark’s “Desperados Waiting for the Train” and Michael Martin Murphey’s “Backslider’s Wine.” The album’s signature performance is “Up Against the Wall, Red Neck,” a satire of hillbilly stereotypes embraced by both the cowboys and the counterculture. Jerry Jeff was perhaps the only performer capable of laughing at both simultaneously without the other knowing.

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The Best Live Texas Country Album

Simply put, this is the best live Texas Country album in existence. It captures the essence of live music and captures the essence of the 'outlaw country' movement of the 1970's. Although all the tracks are great, I would have to say that 'Little Bird' and 'Backslider's Wine' stand out among my favorites...even though they are not the most easily recognizable songs from this album.

great album

I grew up with this album and recommend it to anyone looking for a quintessential Texas Country experience. If you like this album, I would say look for Townes Van Zandt's "Live at the Old Quarter Houston Texas" and Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark "Together at the Bluebird Cafe"

Viva Terlingua - Raw Jackie Jack at his best

Even if you are not familure with JJW's music, you will be please by the honesty of the live traits of JJ. You really never get to be a solid JJW fan without seeing his live performance - but, once you have, your hooked - Viva Terlingua gives you a feel of the LIVE days of Outlaw Country. Viva Terlingua takes you on a spin of emotions and shows all side of the Gypsy Songman -Outlaw, Poet, Story Teller, Rowdy Songster - his ballads are for those that want to listen to the words, his up tempo songs, such as "Red Neck Mother" it all in good fun. For long term fans of 33's, 8-Track - you must put this selection of songs on your playlist


Born: March 16, 1942 in Oneonta, NY

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Jerry Jeff Walker is strongly associated with the progressive ("outlaw") country scene that centered around Austin, TX, in the 1970s and included such figures as Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, the Lost Gonzo Band, Waylon Jennings, and Townes Van Zandt. Ironically, however, Walker is not a native Texan. He was born Ronald Clyde Crosby in upstate New York and recorded his first several albums while living in New York City. He didn't move to Austin until 1971, but he's remained a major...
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