Jimmy was the clown with a keen eye for business. (Check out the AP story on him at the end of last month http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2008/12/29/ap5865912.html) Jerry Jeff was a lot of fun, with a fully developed style that would serve him well for decades to come. WAR was shy, but he told great stories.
JJW and Bubba were more equipped to handle fame, but WAR's songs, released on his one and only 1972 self-titled CD, still touch me, all these years later. I wore out two vinyl records, three 8-tracks ... and my third CD is in constant rotation in the car and the first thing I listen to on my iPod when I'm writing. I've never grown tired of one song. Not one.
"Just a Boy From Oklahoma" has been called the definitive song about Willie Guthrie.
Jimmy covered Willis Alan's "Northeast Texas Women" in Dallas several years ago and when he did "The Ballad of Spider John" all by himself on the stage in the acoustic part a more recent show, it was a touching moment for me.
Willis Alan walked away from the spotlight and has stayed in the shadows for decades. There is talk, however, that he is staging a comeback.
He played Big State Festival in October of 2007. Lyle Lovett was there, too. Lyle has said he wanted to "be Willis Alan Ramsey." Willie was at Big State, and so were Los Lonely Boys and Miranda Lamber and Lynyrd Skynyrd were there, but for me, it was all about Willis Alan.
I mean, Willis Alan is the reason I spray my hair pink when Jimmy Buffett plays Texas. (God Bless the Trinity River/and any man who is unaware/of those Northeast Texas women/and their cotton candy hair.)
Check out this new article on the top ten Texas troubadors. WAR is there, along with Jerry Jeff, REK, Lyle, Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt.
http://www.durangotelegraph.com/telegra ... pshelf.htm
As for the second CD, Gentilly ... rumor has it we will see it in March.
A girl can hope.
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