The Sountrack - Jerry Jeff Walker

Even though I'd heard the name for years, I didn't really know who Jerry Jeff Walker was. I did know some of his songs, and I'll bet you do, too. In fact, one of his songs was a long-time favorite of mine. I even learned all five verses, so I could sing it on Sunday nights when my local pub went all jam-session and any one could get up and sing. (No, this wasn't karaoke. No monitor with the words. Just a live guitar player and my jangly nerves.) My signature song? Mr. Bojangles.

... which has been recorded by everyone from Sammy Davis Jr to Neil Diamond to Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. I'm not good at Name That Tune, but this is one I recognize from the first few chords. I love that.

Another favorite of mine. No, not the Eagles version. This one will tug your heartstrings.

I remember this, too, from my younger days.


  1. I hadn't heard of him. An interesting sound to his music.

  2. Jerry Jeff introduced Jimmy Buffet to the Florida Keys, and they wrote a few songs together and remain good friends. Jerry Jeff (also known as JJW) took off for Austin and helped put together the country outlaw concept, and hosted the Texas Connection on TV for several years.