Jimmy LaFave’s Peace Town Comes Out This Summer
As Wills Point-born singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave prepared to leave this world last year during his battle with cancer, he used that time to give his fans one last batch of songs.
The new release, Peace Town, comes out July 13, just a day after what would have been his 63rd birthday. LaFave passed away May 21, 2017.
The release is a two-CD, 20-track set and Peace Town reflects his artistry as well as the emotional elements over the last months of his life in which his medical condition brought issues of mortality, legacy, life and love to the forefront. As such, it stands proudly as one of his best works and made his mark as an interpreter who could take the songs of others and virtually make them his own.
Alongside time-tested reinterpretations of two of his own previously released compositions are three numbers LaFave composed to lyrics by his icon, Woody Guthrie, and his interpretations of material by his influences ranging from Chuck Berry to Pete Townshend of The Who, to Bob Dylan. The set also includes nods to noted songwriters from Oklahoma like Leon Russell and J.J. Cale as well as selections from lesser-known but equally gifted writers whose talents he admired.
Peace Town gives another look on LaFave’s style and as All Music notes, “a stamp that is indelible. It’s tattooed on the inside, on the heart where it belongs.”
The recordings are available through Amazon, iTunes, and other retailers.