To celebrate the recent re-issue of his first two albums, 1975’s Juarez and 1979’s Lubbock (on everything), Texas songwriting legend and world-renowned visual artist Terry Allen returned to Superfly’s Lone Star Music Emporium in San Marcos for an in-store performance on Saturday, Nov. 19. Accompanied by his son Bukka Allen on accordion (and for one song, bongo drum) and Richard Bowden on fiddle and mandolin, Allen performed a handful of songs from both Juarez and Lubbock, along with “Wilderness of This World” from his 1996 album Human Remains and “Yo Ho Ho,” from the 1986 collection The Silent Majority: Terry Allen’s Greatest Missed Hits. The four-song Juarez suite began with “The Juarez Device” (video above), continued with “Cortez Sail” and “What of Alicia,” and ended with the fierce “There Oughta Be a Law Against Sunny Southern California” (video above). (Video of “Wilderness of This World” and “Yo Ho Ho” can be seen here.)
Juarez and Lubbock — both out-of-print on vinyl for decades — were beautifully reissued this year on both vinyl and CD by the boutique record label Paradise of Bachelors. This was Allen’s second in-store at Superfly’s Lone Star Music Emporium; his first was back on Jan. 22, 2013, celebrating the release that year’s Bottom of the World.