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Jimmy LaFave to Perform at the Odeon Theater
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 • Posted February 2, 2011

Famed singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave will perform for one night at the Odeon Theater in Mason, Texas Saturday February 12. Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. performance are $15 per person. Advance reservations are highly recommended.

Jimmy LaFave was born in Wills Point, Texas, but started making music in junior high school down the road in Mesquite. His family later moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he finished high school. It was in the Oklahoma landscape where he began to define his sound, often referred to as "red dirt music", and soak up a combination of his experiences among authentic songwriters from the tradition of Woody Guthrie.

In 1992 Jimmy released a self–produced CD, Austin Skyline, which drew international attention to his songwriting and vocal talents, and led to a publishing agreement with Polygram Music. Due to his growing popularity and radio play on more than 200 stations, Austin Skyline and its label, Bohemia Beat, received national distribution through the Rounder Record Group.

The grass roots demand and critical acclaim for Jimmy’s music, which led to extensive touring in the United States and Europe, was recognized in 1996 when he was asked to tape a performance for the PBS musical series Austin City Limits, and was invited by Nora Guthrie, daughter of the late Woody Guthrie, to appear in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute to Woody Guthrie. That same year LaFave won his second consecutive Austin Music Award for Best Singer–Songwriter. His fourth CD, Road Novel, which was released in early 1997, received many glowing reviews. That year he was asked by Nora Guthrie to speak and perform at the induction of Woody Guthrie into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. He traveled to Europe twice that year and also toured the USA and Canada.

In 2001 Jimmy released Texoma. The CD received some of the best press of his career. including reviews by the Associated Press,VH–1, Billboard and Playboy. The ballad "Never Is A Moment" from the album, a radio favorite, became his most requested song ever. That year when not playing his own musical dates, Jimmy toured with a Woody Guthrie tribute project he conceived entitled Ribbon Of Highway–Endless Skyway. He also appeared that year at the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. Jimmy serves on the Advisory Board for the festival, and has played it twelve straight years. He is always quick to acknowledge it as his favorite musical event. In 2005 Nora Guthrie allowed Jimmy to look through the unseen lyrics from the Woody Guthrie Archives. She helped him choose 19 songs for a future "Woody" CD project in which he will co-write music for the Guthrie’s lyrics using his own style and interpretations.

Make advance reservations for this special Valentine weekend show for all ages by sending your $15 per person donation to Concert, P.O. Box 1599 Mason, Texas 76856 by February 7. Make checks payable to the Odeon Preservation Association. For more information or reservations please call Dennis or Kay Evans at 325 347 6781 or email at Reservations are not confirmed until they have been paid in advance. Concessions will also be open and you may bring your favorite beverage.

The Odeon Theater Concert Series is a fund raising event to renovate the oldest continually operated single screen movie theater in Texas and to make it into a multipurpose facility for movies and performing arts. The OPA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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