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Album Review

On his seventh offering, and his first since 2001's Texoma, Okie beatnik cum Austin songwriter Jimmy LaFave listens deeply to the tender whispers of his Muse and lets flow with his most personal offering to date. LaFave has always given us song pictures of an America that has either disappeared or is on the verge; he has celebrated its highways, its people, and its heart. He has also given us some choice love songs. But on Blue Nightfall he has gone deep into the latter theme and has come up with a beauty. It's not that he's ignored his other concerns; there are road songs and topical tunes as well. But it's in LaFave's love songs that listeners get to hear a depth and vastness that feel new. LaFave's voice is his greatest asset and he uses it to great effect here, and his production is spot-on throughout. The title track, "Revival," "Sweet Sweet Love," "When You Were Mine," and "Rain Falling Down" are all broken-hearted ballads, colored in woven and textured acoustic and electric guitars accented by Radoslav Lorkovik's accordions, pianos, and organs, and supported by a taut yet subtle rhythm section in bassist Will Landin and drummer Wally Doggett. None of these songs cops out to cheap sentimentality or trite tropes. LaFave's grainy honeyed croon is the force that drives them, and splits them open for the listener to wedge into his words. Other love songs, such as "Shining On Through" and "I Wish for You," are more upbeat , though the searing tenderness and grace are ever-present. On the rockers, such as the rollicking "Bohemian Cowboy Blues" (featuring Gurf Morlix on guitar) and "Gotta Ramble," LaFave takes his barroom band through the changes and spits out his words with authority and raucous glee. Blue Nightfall is the finest studio recording of LaFave's career to date, and that's saying plenty.

Customer Reviews

Exquisite

Classic LaFave at his best. Grabs the heart and pulls you apart to the core. Driving and touching melodies that carry you along a soft breeze that tells a tale and makes you long for journey's untold. Some times its a shot of whiskey and times a nice red wine. I just wish Austin Skyline was available here, as I need it for my iPod too!

Blue Nightfall is AMAZING!

One of Jimmy LaFave's best, along with all his others!! His voice in every song is simply mesmerizing! This CD stays in my CD player and IPOD! The best thing about Jimmy, is that he performs just as his music sounds recorded! Audiences are quickly quietened when he starts to sing---you just take every note and savor it!! Love JIMMY LAFAVE! Great CD! His voice is amazing! You will love every song! Definitely a CD to have in your MP3 Player---you'll want to listen it to over and over!

Excellent

These songs deffinitely touch my soul, and they will yours too. That's a promise. Great writer! Great sounding voice too, very original.

Biography

Born: 1955 in Wills Point, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Austin-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Jimmy LaFave brings a passionate rock & roll energy to his original folk songs, whether he's playing solo or with a band. LaFave grew up in Wills Point, east of Dallas, but at 17, his family moved to Stillwater, OK. When he was in his teens, his mother purchased his first guitar for him with green stamps. While Stillwater was not exactly bustling with musical activity, it wasn't a ghost town either, and it was close enough to Tulsa that LaFave found...
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