Many people think of Austin's Jimmy LaFave as being from Oklahoma because of his strong musical ties to the state. He will return to Oklahoma on October 4 to take the Winter Wind stage for a 7:00 pm concert in The Depot, 200 S. Jones. Tickets are $20. Seating is limited. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.
LaFave helped craft the musical style called Red Dirt music years ago while living in Stillwater. In 1996 he received the Kerrville Folk Festival songwriter of the year award and appeared on the TV show Austin City Limits. He has recorded 15 albums. His 2007 release, Cimarron Manifesto, reached the No. 1 mark on the Americana Music Association album chart.
LaFave's 14th release, Depending On The Distance, was released on September 18, 2012. Backing musicians include Eliza Gilkyson (who will take the Winter Wind stage on February 14, 2016.) In her review for The Oklahoman, Brandy McDonnell said: "Jimmy LaFave’s first studio album in five years, lives up to the intriguing promise of its title, finding the Oklahoma-Texas troubadour in a contemplative mood whether he is crooning his new original songs, covering an ’80s pop smash or reinterpreting anthems penned by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen."
This year, LaFave released The Night Tribe. A review of the new release in No Depression stated that LaFave "delivers 11 exquisitely crafted self-penned songs and re-interprets two Americana masterpieces; barely making them recognizable as they become Jimmy LaFave songs."
Winter Wind Concerts are a program of The Depot Performing Arts Studio and made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council and by sponsors Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate and Cindy Merrick of Therapy in Motion. Additional support comes from contributors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; Friends include Nancy McClellan; Danna Primm; and The Grider Family. In-kind support comes from the City of Norman, The Montford Inn and Norman Music Institute.