Jerry Jeff Walker Vanguard Visionaries
- Released: June 12, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Vanguard Records
- 1.Drifin' Way Of Life
- 2.Louise - (with Nicolette Larson)
- 3.Mr. Bojangles
- 4.Trying To Live Right
- 5.Lost Sea Shanty
- 6.Fading Lady
- 7.No Roots In Ramblin'
- 8.Morning Song To Sally
- 9.Dust On My Boots
- 10.North Cumberland Blues
Additional personnel: Nicolette Larson.
While Vanguard certainly helped introduce Jerry Jeff Walker to the world, the label was not privy to his peak period as a stoned cowboy in mid-1970s Austin. VANGUARD VISIONARIES, instead, focuses on the years when Walker was still messing around with a sort of low-rent folkie singer-songwriter style, and there are still plum tracks to be found, including the hit for which Walker achieved fame, "Mr. Bojangles," and "Driftin' Way of Life," a song that foreshadows Walker's later slack tendencies. For hardcore Jerry Jeff fans looking for his roots, this is a good start, although completists seeking a more thorough collection might want to investigate Vanguard's BEST OF THE VANGUARD YEARS.
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