Veteran troubadour Jimmy LaFave has been a fixture on the Americana scene for almost a quarter century with a dozen or so mostly terrific records on his resume. For his latest project, “The Night Tribe,” LaFave has cobbled together an enjoyable platter featuring 11 original tunes and a pair of well-chosen covers that are linked thematically.
“In Oklahoma, you hear the word tribe a lot because of all the different Indian tribes,” LaFave explains. “I thought, ‘What tribe of people am I part of?’ It was always the night people. That is when I write most of my songs. Almost all the songs on the record were written at nighttime, driving.”
LaFave comes out of the gate clicking on all cylnders with “The Beauty of You” and “Maybe,” and later soars on originals “Trying to Get Back to You,” the title track, “Dust Bowl Okies” and “The Roads of the Earth.” He also serves up killer renditions of Neil Young’s “Journey Through the Past” and Bob Dylan’s “Queen Jane Approximately.” This one merits some attention. (Jeffrey Sisk)