Jerry Jeff Walker – ¡Viva Terlingua!

Stay carefree and raise a little hell while you’re at it. That was my petty thefted mantra this past Hogs buckaroos. For some reason, Jerry Jeff Walker was everywhere leading up to this year’s Fest. As I mentioned in my previous post, I am strung high during Hogs. The fest was a massive success but not without its usual problems. However, I was much more laid back than all my prior years. I credit that to JJW and this album. It was on constant rotation leading up to the fest and my trailer album of choice during. We even had some chats with JJW’s son Django a couple weeks prior. He sent a little gift for us that was in my trailer waiting for me when I moved in (whooaaa I love Sangria wine). When fate comes knocking, give it a listen.

Jerry Jeff and Jimmy Buffett seem to me like the surf and turf of the “take er easy” music community.  While JJW hails from New York originally, the two were friends and spent a good bit of time together in New Orleans busking and drinking.  I like to think the two met one night at Chart Room to lay out the plan, “I’m gonna go West to Texas Jimmy, you go east to Florida and the waters around.  The strategy is doing nothing and we’re gonna get rich preaching and singing about just that.” The two certainly made their mark on pounding home the simple pleasures of life in very catch ways.

When I think of Jerry Jeff Walker, the quote from The Stranger from The Big Lebowkski always comes to mind: “The Dude abides. I don’t know about you, but I take comfort in that, knowin’ he’s out there. The Dude. Takin’ ‘er easy for all us sinners.”

Just gettin’ by on gettin’ by’s my stock in trade/ Living it day to day/ Pickin’ up the pieces wherever they fall/ Just letting it roll, letting the high times carry the low/ I’m just living my life easy come, easy go

Favorite Tracks: “Gettin By” “Desperados Waiting For The Train” “Sangria Wine” “Up Against The Wall, Redneck” “London Homesick Blues”

Pressing: MCA Records. MCA-510. Re-Issue. 1974.