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Jimmy LaFave, who moved to Austin in the mid-1980s and became one of the city’s most prominent singer-songwriters of the past several decades, died Sunday night after a yearlong battle with an aggressive form of cancer. He was 61.

Jesse LaFave, a nephew, confirmed Monday that Jimmy died at home in the company of family and loved ones about 9 p.m.

“It was almost like something out of a movie, but a really sad movie where you already knew how it was going to end,” he said. “But he wanted to pass away at his house, and that’s exactly what he did.”

Born July 12, 1955, in Wills Point, about an hour east of Dallas, LaFave moved with his family to rural Payne County in Oklahoma as a youth and attended Donart High School in nearby Stillwater, Okla. A photo from 1973 shows a teenage LaFave performing in the school’s talent show. His childhood acoustic guitar is featured in a display at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Okla.

He played regularly in Stillwater nightclubs after high school and, along with other rising Oklahoma songwriters of the era such as Bob Childers and Terry Buffalo Ware, helped establish what became known as red-dirt music, a rootsy mix of country, folk, blues and rock. He recorded his first two albums during that time, though they received little notice beyond his home region.

After LaFave moved to Austin, he gradually rose to the fore of the city’s music scene. His 1988 tape “Highway Angels … Full Moon Rain” was recognized as the best cassette release at that year’s Austin Music Awards. Soon he began hosting a weekly open mic at Chicago House, a popular Sixth Street acoustic haven in the 1990s. Early on, he began wearing the vintage leather driving cap that became a nearly omnipresent part of his outfit onstage.

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David Holt's State of Music

Series Explores Rich Musical Legacy from Southeast U.S.

Eight Episodes to Air on PBS from April 8, 2017 (check local listings)

February 23, 2017 – In the second season of David Holt’s State of Music, four-time Grammy winner David Holt introduces viewers to some amazing modern masters of American folk, bluegrass, country and gospel music. The season, consisting of seven 30-minute episodes and one 60-minute episode, will begin airing on PBS in April, May and June (check local listings). The original David Holt’s State of Music received a 2015 Emmy nomination in the category “Documentary-Cultural” for the mid-south region.

David Holts State of Music, Season Two was filmed on location throughout the mostly rural landscapes that nurture this organically American music. Featured in Season Two are a 19th-century textile mill near Burlington, NC, once owned by David’s distant ancestors; an historic court house in Hendersonville, a general store in the Prospect Hill community, and a beautiful farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains that once belonged to the family of Woody Platt, guitarist and singer with the Steep Canyon Rangers. The series includes whole songs by, and interview with, its talented performers.

The season’s final episode is a one-hour stage performance reuniting David with artists from the first season including breakout star Rhiannon Giddens, multi-faceted musician and ballad singer Josh Goforth, African-American gospel torch bearers the Branchettes, and bluegrass supergroup Balsam Range.

“This series really highlights the diversity of American traditional music and the performers who are drawn to it from different directions,” says host David Holt. “From a veteran like Doyle Lawson, who in his youth studied with the great Jimmy Martin, to a young, gifted female performer like Amythyst Kiah, who learns from the Internet. The depth of heart, soul, and talent revealed in this season’s music is bound to amaze viewers!”

Season Two Featured Artists:

Steep Canyon Rangers, the progressive bluegrass band that got its break touring with comedian Steve Martin; the Swiss-born Kruger Brothers, virtuosos on banjo and guitar; the young band Mipso, all recent students at UNC-Chapel Hill; bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson and his band Quicksilver; powerhouse vocalist Amythyst Kiah; famous guitar-maker Wayne Henderson with bluegrass pianist Jeff Little; Dom Flemons, a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops; the Unity Choir of St. John AME Zion Church; and Alice Gerrard, grand-dame of bluegrass women, performing with fiddler Rayna Gellert and singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett.

About David Holt:

David Holt previously hosted the UNC-TV/PBS series Folkways that took viewers through the Southern mountains visiting traditional craftsmen and musicians. He also served as host of The Nashville Network’s Fire on the Mountain, Celebration Express and American Music Shop. He was a frequent guest on Hee Haw, Nashville Now and The Grand Ole Opry. David was cast as a musician in the popular Coen Brothers film, O Brother Where Art Thou. He also hosted Riverwalk Jazz for Public Radio International and the Emmy award-winning series Great Scenic Railway Journeys on public television. In 2002, David Holt and Doc Watson won two Grammy Awards for Best Traditional Folk Recording for Legacy, a three-CD collection of songs and stories reflecting Doc Watson’s life in music. Doc and David toured together from 1998 until Doc’s death in 2012. More information can be found at

Maggie Roche, one-third of family band the Roches, has died. Roche’s sister and bandmate Suzzy confirmed the news in the below Facebook note, saying she died after a long battle with cancer. She was 65. “She was a private person, too sensitive and shy for this world, but brimming with life, love, and talent,” the note reads. “I want to let you know how grateful she was to everyone who listened and understood her through her music and her songs. … It’ll be hard for me to carry on without her.”

Source: The Roches’ Maggie Roche Dead at 65 | Pitchfork

Detour Holiday Schedule

Posted: December 22, 2016 in News
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Detour, the folk, roots, and world music show will take two weeks off while WTMD presents some special programming.

  • Sunday, December 25th, Christmas Day, all day: Selected Christmas/holiday/seasonal music
  • Sunday, January 1st, New Year’s Day, all day: Revisit exceptional live performances recorded in WTMD’s performance space
  • Sunday, January 8th: The first Detour of the new year

Please consider making a tax-deductible year-end gift to WTMD. For every donation WTMD receives by December 31st, local produce delivery service Hungry Harvest will donate one pound of produce to needy folks in our community. Find out more.

Detour Top 10 Songs
This week on Detour, the folk, roots and world music show — Detour’s Top 10 Songs of 2016. Tune in on Sunday, December 18th, 5-7PM to count down the Top-10 list. 89.7 FM and streaming on The show will also be archived at

1. Ana Alcaide “Diosa Luolaien” Leyenda [Spain]

2. The Paul McKenna Band “The Dream” Paths That Wind [Scotland]

3. The Bills “Forgotten Beech Grove” Trail of Tales [British Columbia, Canada]

4. Lakou Mizik “Anba Siklòn” Wa Di Yo [Haiti]

5. The Stray Birds “Sabrina” Magic Fire [Lancaster, PA]

6. Ten Strings and a Goatskin “The Ukrainian Expedition” Auprès du Poêle [Prince Edward Island, Canada]

7. Siama “Sisili” Rivers – From the Congo to the Mississippi [Congo]

8. Cris Jacobs “Hallelujah Hustler” Dust to Gold [Baltimore, MD]

9. Oysterband “I Built This House” This House Will Stand – The Best of Oysterband 1998-2015 [England]

10. Carrie Newcomer “A Shovel is a Prayer” The Beautiful Not Yet [Bloomington, IN]

Lakou Mizik

Lakou Mizik

Songlines world music magazine has named Wa Di Yo on Cumbancha records by Haitian band Lakou Mizik as the Best Album of 2016.

“Lakou Mizik’s debut is a passionate tribute to the people and culture of Haiti. Formed in the aftermath of the country’s 2010 earthquake, the collective deliver a project of celebration and hope.” – Songlines

The Dirty Linen Store is open!

Posted: November 27, 2016 in News
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The Dirty Linen Store is open 24/7 365! No huge crowds! No waiting in line! Pick up something weird for that special someone… yourself! Or someone you know! Or a complete stranger! Anyone, really… Created by Baltimore artist Megan Amoss (weird artwork) and Paul Hartman (weird ideas)…

Today on Detour!

Posted: November 27, 2016 in News
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It’s a Detour tradition for the Sunday after Thanksgiving: Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant.” This year it’ll be the brand new recording celebrating the 50th anniversary of the events depicted in the song.

New music by Robert Earl Keen, a sister duo from Nova Scotia, and Arabic/Indian music from Croatia.

Also the Detour Concert Calendar, plus much more. Tune in at 5PM on 89.7 FM and

Today on Detour!

Posted: November 20, 2016 in News


Thanksgiving Day is approaching and we have a lot to be thankful for…

  • New music from southern Algeria and from a hometown Baltimore band after a 30-year recording hiatus.
  • The Detour Cover Set will be 1/3 thankful.
  • I am thankful I finished compiling The Detour Concert Calendar.
  • Will Arlo Guthrie make an appearance on today’s show?

All that and more, today at 5:00 on 89.7 FM and

Today on Detour!

Posted: November 13, 2016 in News

Classical music

Detour finally gets some class!

Themes from classical music classics will outclass the class!

And there’s The Detour Concert Calendar

Plus a tribute to the late Leonard Cohen

Today at 5:00 PM on 89.7 FM and streaming on