His songwriting is as good as his voice, and his musical taste, with his affinity for reinterpreting Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young, is impeccable. This well-loved, accomplished artist is not forgotten by those whose lives he touched with his music and love.
Jimmy grew up in Texas and Oklahoma, bought his first guitar with his mother’s green stamps, and became a major force in the Austin music scene in the early 1990s. “In Oklahoma,” he says, “you hear the word tribe a lot because of all the different Indian tribes, and I thought, What tribe of people am I part of? It was always the night people.” His album The Night Tribe pays tribute to “the all night waitresses, the 24-hour truck stop attendant, the after midnight radio host, creative, restless insomniacs up all hours of the night searching for the truth.
“Jimmy LaFave has one of America’s greatest voices. It’s a unique instrument, with startling range and its own peculiar sense of gravity, liable to swoop in and wreck your expectations at any instant.”
—Grammy-winning music writer Dave Marsh
“The Night Tribe captures Jimmy’s vocal and songwriting strengths better than any album in his storied catalog, now 17 strong,”
– Elmore Magazine
“Clearly, Jimmy LaFave has crafted his masterpiece…although the same might have been said of several of his other releases up until this point.”
“[ Jimmy ] sings with conviction about the things that matter in life, and the results are profound.”
– The Morton Report