Imagine songs re-invented with dynamic arrangements, strings, trumpet, percussion, alongside vibrant jazz and classical colors - all in the spirit of fun, experimentation and art. Taking strings out of the elevator since 1999
Strings on Grass is a donations-based concert series, so pay what you can or feel.
Suggested contribution: $20/person at the door.
We are pleased to bring back Jimmy Lafave and a secret mystery guest, lover of Barton Springs in from Vermont. (See videos of Jimmy here) The last few years we’ve been in the studio with Jimmy, recording a cut with him on his Jackson Browne Tribute album, and two songs on his most recent album release.
Back in the 80’s my high school best friend and I would take our strings downtown and sit in at the Chicago House open mike frequently hosted by Jimmy Lafave. Years later I ran into Jimmy at a live KGSR radio tribute to Bob Dylan; from that radio show the first season of Strings Attached was born.
Here are a few songs I arranged for that first show back in 2001:
Jimmy LaFave was born in Wills Point, Texas, a small town 30 miles east of Dallas. He began school down the road in Mesquite and by Junior High was making music perched behind his Sears & Roebuck drum kit. It wasn’t long before his mother traded a drawer full of green stamps for his first guitar and the switch to singer–songwriter was in progress. His family later moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he finished high school. Although he has lived in Austin for over 20 years, many people think of him as being from Oklahoma, because of his strong musical ties to the state and what he often refers to as its “red dirt music.” It was in this landscape that he began to define his sound and soak up a combination of his experiences among authentic songwriters from the tradition of Woody Guthrie. Before leaving Oklahoma for Austin, Jimmy did some independent recording and toured the southwest with the first version of his band Night Tribe. Read more here….
"Jimmy LaFave sings like a soul caught up in the rapture."--Claudia Perry, The Houston Post
Jimmy LaFave is a musician, songwriter, and performing artist of unprecedented talent. An artist's artist."--Bob Johnston, Producer: Blonde On Blonde, Nashville Skyline, Johnny Cash, Paul Simon
"Jimmy LaFave's songs move me 'cause he sings them with grit, passion, and uncommon beauty."--Lucinda Williams, Recording Artist
"Jimmy LaFave uncovers the soul of America. And he does that so movingly and so beautifully that words fail."--Niew Revue, European newsweekly
"Jimmy LaFave delivers with foot-to-the-floor passion." --Playboy
"Jimmy, your words and music have captured new audiences who appreciate the Austin soundscape and the songwriting it encompasses. You are one of Austin's favorites, and you know that I'm one of your biggest fans."--Ann Richards, Former Governor of Texas
Strings on Grass is a handicap accessible, smoke free, outdoor house concert series located near Slaughter Creek Dr. and Manchaca. Well-behaved youngsters any age are welcome.
All attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic, their own seating, pillows, blankets as needed.
Attendance is by invitation only and RSVPs are required.
Directions will be emailed to those with confirmed reservations.