Red Dirt and Grassroots
Jimmy LaFave rocks Americana at Levitt
By John Sollenberger 07/17/2014
Saturday night offers a great opportunity to catch some down-home roots music when Jimmy LaFave brings the goods to Levitt Pavilion Saturday night.
A Texas native, the guitarist and singer-songwriter started out playing drums as a child, but his transition to singer and writer began after his mother exchanged a drawer full of trading stamps for a guitar.
The family relocated to Oklahoma and his life there influenced his budding musical interest. He later embraced the Red Dirt music scene (so named in honor of the state’s fabled soil color).
LaFave eventually moved to the musical hotbed of Austin, Texas, where he became immersed in the local scene. It was there that he released a self-produced tape, “Highway Angels … Full Moon Rain,” which received raves in the Austin Chronicle’s reader’s poll in 1988.
His appeal grew throughout the 1990s after grassroots demand and critical acclaim led to an extensive tour schedule. After producing a pair of albums for Red House Records, he and a couple of music business friends formed the Music Road record label, on which he’s released several discs. His busy tour schedule attests to his popularity, with the artist keeping a busy tour schedule throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
Visit him at jimmylafave.com.
Music starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park, North Raymond Avenue and Walnut Street, Pasadena. Admission is free. Call (626) 683-3230 or visit levittpavilionpasadena.org.