September 11, 1978 12:00 PM

Jerry Jeff Walker

He’s not as good a singer as Willie Nelson nor as handsome as Kris Kristofferson, but Jerry Jeff has no reason to feel that those outlaw outriders have left him in the dust. He has fenced off his own territory, centered on the Texas rock he blends from Western swing, driving arrangements and his own gruff vocalizing. Saturday Night Special and Carry Me Away on this album are exemplary. Walker’s rhythm guitarist, Bobby Rambo, wrote the latter tune, and while Walker himself is not represented, the selections (from nine writers) all fit his style the way a Texas armadillo fits its armor.

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