Viva Terlingua

Viva Terlingua

by Jerry Jeff WalkerJerry Jeff Walker


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Viva Terlingua, recorded live in Luckenbach, TX, on a hot August night in 1973, is among the most legendary of "live" singer/songwriter albums ever released. It's the Live at the Fillmore East of redneck Texas folk-rock. Essentially, it's Jerry Jeff fronting the Lost Gonzo Band at the beginning of their long run together playing, living it up, having a ball, giving everybody the impression that life was a party, and to be sure, it was for a while. Given the loose, inspired performance on this set, Walker was every bit the equal of Willie, Waylon, and Billy Joe Shaver at the time. The material is terrific. Half of it is from Jerry Jeff's catalog: "Sangria Wine," "Gettin' By," "Little Bird," "Get It Out," and "Wheel." The rest? Can't possibly do better: Guy Clark's "Desperados Waiting for the Train," Ray Wylie Hubbard's "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother," Michael Murphy's "Backslider's Wine," and Gary P. Nunn's Austin City Limits anthem, "London Homesick Blues." It doesn't sound anything like it was recorded in front of an audience, but it does sound live as hell. These folks were partyin' it up and layin' down the tracks at white heat. This record was made in a night and it feels like it was made in your living room. It's guaranteed to lift any dark mood within 15 minutes. This record asks no questions and there are no hidden meanings in Walker's or anybody else's lyrics; it's all there for the taking. And that's what makes it the enduring classic it is.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/11/1990
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0076732091920
catalogNumber: 919
Rank: 19207

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Jeff Walker   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harp
Kelly Dunn   Organ,Electric Piano
Mary Egan   Violin
Craig Hillis   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Robert Livingston   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael McGarry   Drums
Gary P. Nunn   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mickey Rafael   Harp
Herb Steiner   Steel Guitar
Joanne Vent   Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael McGeary   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Detroit   Composer
Michael Brovsky   Producer
Jerry Jeff Walker   Liner Notes
Martin Lennard   Engineer

Customer Reviews

Viva Terlingua 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
If I owned a good Bar, and the live band failed to show up, I would play this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the Real Texas of the 70s and 80s--huge, fun, and one of a kind. This is something we Texans understand to the marrow of our bones. Forget about Dallas on TV and other Hollywood fantasies and listen to this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the real stuff; the end of a set back then was when Jerry Jeff would fall off the stage. It needs to be heard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago