Three years (and 11 months, but who’s counting?) after his first appearance at Superfly’s Lone Star Music Emporium, songwriting legend and acclaimed visual artist Terry Allen returned to the San Marcos, Texas record shop for an encore in-store performance on Saturday, Nov. 19. Allen’s first in-store at Superfly’s, back on Jan. 22, 2013, marked the release of that year’s Bottom of the World, his first new album in 13 years. The occasion this time around was the recent reissue of his iconic second album, 1979’s Lubbock (on everything), on lavishly packaged vinyl and CD by the record label Paradise of Bachelors — which early in 2016 also reissued Allen’s equally essential 1975 debut, Juarez.
Although the bulk of his set (for which he was accompanied by his son Bukka Allen on accordion and old friend and Panhandle Mystery Band mate Richard Bowden on fiddle and mandolin) focused on those two albums, Allen also treated fans to a pair of surprises from elsewhere in his catalog. He opened with “Wilderness of This World,” a song from 1996 album Human Remains that Allen co-wrote with David Byrne of Talking Heads fame (video above). A few songs later, in between a four-song suite from Juarez and a trio from Lubbock, he offered up the even more obscure — but as he noted himself, very “timely” — “Yo Ho Ho” (video above). Originally featured on his terrific 1986 collection of non-album tracks, The Silent Majority: Terry Allen’s Greatest Missed Hits, “Yo Ho Ho” was later re-recorded by Allen for 2004’s 13 Ways to Live, a various artists album conceptualized and produced but his son Bukka’s instrumental trio/production team, Screen Door Music.