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Jimmy LaFave

Austin Skyline

Austin Skyline (1993)

Cimarron Manifesto

Cimarron Manifesto (2007)

Jimmy LaFave (July 12, 1955 – May 21, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter and folk musician. After moving to Stillwater, Oklahoma, LaFave crafted a musical style called Red Dirt music and became a disciple of the state’s most famous folk musician: Woody Guthrie. LaFave was an Advisory Board member and regular performer at the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.

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 and his 2007 release, Cimarron Manifesto, reached the No. 1 mark on the Americana Music Association album chart. In 2012, LaFave released the studio album Depending On The Distance.

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame announced that LaFave would be one of several musicians inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony being held on June 14, 2017. Other inductees include Carl Belew, musician-actor Rodney Lay, the Red Dirt Rangers, David Teegarden, Sr. and singer-harmonica player Jimmy “Junior” Markham.