Jerry Jeff Walker doesn’t release much music anymore, but every time he does the Texas legend reminds us just what an amazing career he’s had.
Walker just released a music video for his version of “Song For The Life,” a Rodney Crowell tune Walker released on his 1977 album A Man Must Carry On.
The video and recording were done for Bruce Robison’s upcoming web series, The Next Waltz.
The Next Waltz was inspired by the legendary farewell concert video of The Band, directed by Martin Scorcese and called The Last Waltz. In the upcoming series, Bruce Robison brings legends and newcomers alike into his Lockhart, Texas studio for interviews and recording sessions with some of the state’s best musicians.
Each episode of The Next Waltz features a newly recorded song, a recording-session music video; a “short biopic” of the artist discussing his or her work with Robison, podcasts and blogs offering more background and insight, “mixtape” playlists containing songs that inspired the artist or provide context for his or her work and quick-peek social-media clips.
The songs will also be available to purchase via iTunes.
“We’re focusing on great songs, and what it means to make music without the BS and the hype and the tricks,” says Robison in a press release. Robison knows a thing or two about great songs, with hits for the Dixie Chicks, George Strait and Tim McGraw under his belt.
The format was inspired by Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Robison likes that it’s much more informal when musicians are just hanging out and talking shop.
“They’re happy that somebody asks them about their lives, not just their career,” Robison says. “We’re doing Seinfeld’s show, but we end up with this amazing new piece of music.”
The content for each artist will slowly roll out in 3-week periods. Jerry Jeff Walker’s inaugural episode premieres Friday, June 17th at The Next Waltz‘ official website. Future episodes will include acts like Rodney Crowell, Jack Ingram, Turnpike Troubadours and Sam Outlaw.