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Jimmy LaFave, ‘For Everyman’: Jackson Browne tribute album preview

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 28, 2014

The most surprising thing about Texas label Music Road Records’ April 1 release “Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne” is that there hasn’t already been a major-artists tribute to the Southern California singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member.

Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett and Bruce Hornsby are among the artists who stepped up to change that with this two-disc release, which was envisioned by Music Road founder Kelcy Warren (best-known as the CEO of Dallas natural gas and propane company Energy Transfer Partners).

Warren co-produced the album with Austin singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, Nashville music industry fixture Tamara Saviano and drummer Scott Crago. “It was Kelcy’s idea,” LaFave said. “He and I are both huge Jackson Browne fans, and it was just something he really wanted to do.”

Among the highlights is LaFave’s version of “For Everyman,” the title track of Browne’s second album in 1973. Check out an exclusive preview of the track:

“Kelcy asked me if I could do ‘For Everyman’ because he said it was a song he’d always heard me singing,” said LaFave, who has been known to play both “These Days” (done by Don Henley and Blind Pilot on the tribute) and “Your Bright Baby Blues” (recorded by Sean & Sara Watkins) in his live sets over the years.

Harmony vocals on the track were contributed by Austinites Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes, who are among the competitors in the current season of NBC’s show “The Voice.”

Several other Austin artists appear on the set, including Shawn Colvin, Bob Schneider, Eliza Gilkyson and Kevin Welch. Many of the tracks were recorded at Austin’s Cedar Creek Studio, which Warren also owns. The full track list is on the Music Road website.