I’m going to start something a little different on the blog for Mondays, something I’m calling “Geek FM”. I’m going to highlight an album or a song I like. No other criteria than that: I dig it and want to share it.
This inaugural Geek FM post highlights the album Viva Terlingua by Jerry Jeff Walker. It was recorded live on a hot August night in 1973 in Luckenbach, Texas. It is a great mixture of laid-back, “gonzo” and “outlaw” country and a snapshot of Austin-based country music of the time.
There is not a bad cut on this album. “Gettin’ By”, about Walker’s often eclectic songwriting and recording schedule, is a fun song that opens the festivities. The powerful “Desperados Waiting for the Train” follows. Penned by Guy Clark, it follows the life of a young man’s old hero. Next is “Sangria Wine”, a quintessential Texas party song, followed by “Little Bird” and “Get It Out”. Walker’s cover of “Up Against the Wall Red Neck Mother” is a rollicking good time and Michael Martin Murphy’s “Backsliders Wine” is a fine tune. “Wheel” is another powerful song about the ins and outs of life. The closer, Gary P. Nunn’s “London Homesick Blues,” is probably my favorite cut on the album, evoking a traveler’s love for his beloved Lone Star State. The whole album makes me smile and makes for excellent road music.