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Jimmy LaFave - Cimarron Manifesto

Cimarron Manifesto

Jimmy LaFave

Red House Records - RHR 203

Available from Red House Records.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

One of the finest of the songwriters that seem to pop out of the red dirt land of Texas and Oklahoma from time to time. One who expresses clearly the pain of loss and the mournful pull that is tinged with the delight of the open road. LaFave uses this disc to pay homage to all that he has garnered from the Cimarron River country, that runs from northeastern New Mexico to Tulsa, OK, the land and the people who shaped him. The music is both a celebration of and drawn from the earth and evocative of its nourishing value. His music has always provided the perfect backdrop for the open road and those long road trips that are so crucial for spanning the great distances necessary for getting from here to there. The miles seem to fly by with a smile.

He has a few new people playing with him on this disc, but he has kept his long time drummer, Wally Doggett, and keyboard player, Radoslav Larkovic. A couple of key additions that really flesh out the sound are John Inmon on electric guitar and lap steel and Andrew Hardin, adding his electric guitar work. The band is tight and gives the songs the space and consistency they need to break from the mold and come alive.

Lafave wrote nine of the twelve songs and on this one there is one by Dylan, Not Dark Yet, a great take of Donovan's Catch The Wind, and an often overlooked gem in Joe South's tune, Walk A Mile In My Shoes. A disc that is sure to put a smile on your face and make the dreary miles just melt away.

Track List:

  • Car Outside
  • Catch The Wind
  • This Land
  • Truth
  • Lucky Man
  • Hideaway Girl
  • That's The Way It Goes
  • Not Dark Yet
  • Walk A Mile In My Shoes
  • Don't Ask Me
  • Home Once Again
  • These Blues

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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