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The 1970 album Bein’ Free was transitional for Jerry Jeff Walker. He'd just left the confines of the Greenwich Village folk scene but hadn't yet settled in the Austin milieu that would become his permanent home. The house band at Criteria Sound Studios in Miami was The Dixie Flyers, a tight-knit unit led by Memphis pianist Jim Dickinson. The Flyers gave Walker the tight yet soulful sound that expanded his playing and ushered him toward his Texas years. The album contains the last of Walker’s poignant pure folk songs, including “Stoney,” “Some Go Home,” and “But for the Time.” But he really started to morph with the chugging gospel rhythms of “Nobody’s” and “A Secret.” Sammy Creason’s thickset drumming was the perfect accompaniment for Walker, who was attracted to the feel of a rock ‘n’ roll jug band. Bein’ Free has superb oddities like “Please Let Me Be,” but it's most notable for “I’m Gonna Tell on You,” “Where Is the D.A.R. When You Really Need Him,” and “Vince Triple-O Martin”: early examples of the scruffy, wayward country music that would soon become Walker’s signature.

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Went to see Jerry Jeff sing in Austin as often as possible! Just a stool, his guitar and his lunch pail. Great storyteller!


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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