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.
Performance CreditsJerry 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 CreditsDetroit Composer
Michael Brovsky Producer
Jerry Jeff Walker Liner Notes
Martin Lennard Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Viva Terlingua based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
If I owned a good Bar, and the live band failed to show up, I would play this CD.
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.
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!