Jimmy LaFave, American folk musician, Died at 61

Jimmy LaFave was born on July 12, 1955, and died on May 21, 2017.

He was an American singer-songwriter and folk musician.

When he moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma, LaFave crafted a musical style called Red Dirt music and became a disciple of the state’s most famous folk musician: Woody Guthrie.

He was an Advisory Board member and regular performer at the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.

Durin 1996 LaFave received the Kerrville Folk Festival songwriter of the year award and appeared on the TV show Austin City Limits.

LaFave has recorded 15 albums and his 2007 release, Cimarron Manifesto, reached the No. 1 mark on the Americana Music Association album chart.

During 2012, he released the studio album Depending On The Distance.

After that, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame announced that LaFave would be one of several musicians inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony being held on June 14, 2017.

The other inductees include Carl Belew, musician-actor Rodney Lay, the Red Dirt Rangers, David Teegarden, Sr. and singer-harmonica player Jimmy “Junior” Markham.

Jimmy LaFave passed away at 61 years old.