Jimmy LaFave’s photos to be featured in art gallery exhibit

Jimmy LaFave. Matt Rourke/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2005

Photography by Austin singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, who died last year of cancer, will be exhibited next month at the Stephen L. Clark Gallery on West Sixth Street, with an opening reception set for Saturday, March 10, featuring music by LaFave’s former backing band Night Tribe.

The exhibit, “Searching for Peace Town,” will feature photographs LaFave took while playing shows across America for three decades. After the free opening reception, which runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the exhibit will be on display at the gallery through the end of March.

“Much like how his music drew from the rich American folk, rock, blues and country traditions, LaFave sought to document what he called a ‘disappearing America’ with his photography,” a press statement about the exhibit noted. “He considered these images visual markers along his personal and musical journey in a similar fashion to how his songs served as emotional markers for himself and his listeners.”

There’s also news about the music LaFave was recording at the time of his death last May. Music Road Records, the local label LaFave co-founded, plans to issue a double-disc set later this year titled “Peace Town” that will include four songs featuring Woody Guthrie lyrics that LaFave set to music. Also on the set will be LaFave originals and interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Pete Townshend, Robbie Robertson, Butch Hancock, Leon Russell and J.J. Cale.

READ MORE: American-Statesman 2017 feature story on Jimmy LaFave