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Gary P. Nunn with Primo Carrasco & Friends

15 Feb 2013

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Marfa, Texas

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Gary P. Nunn with Primo Carrasco & Friends


Ballroom welcomed Gary P. Nunn to Marfa for a special Valentine’s Day performance in 2013. Local legends, Primo Carrasco & Friends (featuring David Beebe and Gary Oliver) opened.

By all appearances, the longest-running love affair in Gary P. Nunn’s life is with the state of Texas. Though he was born in Oklahoma, Nunn’s songs are inspired by his deep affection for the Lone Star State.

Nunn is best known for his song “London Homesick Blues,” a ballad sung from the perspective of a country musician stranded in England, pining for the armadillos, country music, and attractive women. His anthem was first made famous by Jerry Jeff Walker and David Allan Coe, and then immortalized as the theme song for PBS’s long-running live music showcase, Austin City Limits.

After moving to Austin to pursue a degree in pharmacy at the University of Texas, he became involved in the nascent outlaw country movement, playing bass for Michael Martin Murphy and Willie Nelson.

Soon he found a home with the infamous Lost Gonzo Band, backing Jerry Jeff Walker on 1973’s Viva Terlingua!, an album that ranks with Honky Tonk Heroes and Shotgun Willie as one of the stone-cold classics of progressive country music.

Nunn went on to make three more albums with the Lost Gonzo Band, and then began performing under his own name in the ’80s. In keeping with the ethos that defined him early on, he took a hands-on approach to his solo career, avoiding major labels, releasing his own music, and gravitating toward Campfire Records, an indie label based in San Antonio, with whom he’s released nine albums.

Nunn has never hidden his love for Texas, and in turn former Texas Governor Mark White named him our Official Ambassador to the World in 1985. In 1995 he was included in the West Texas Walk of Fame, and in 2004 he was inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame.

Artist Profile

Gary P. Nunn

Nunn is best known for his song “London Homesick Blues,” a ballad sung from the perspective of a country musician stranded in England, pining for the armadillos, country music and attractive women with which Texas is oft associated. His anthem was first made famous by Jerry Jeff Walker and David Allan Coe, and then immortalized as the theme song for PBS’s long-running live music showcase, Austin City Limits.

No stranger to the region, Nunn found an early home playing keyboard with The Fabulous Sparkles, a garage band name-checked by Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore as standouts of the ’60s West Texas scene. After moving to Austin to pursue a degree in pharmacy at the University of Texas, he became involved in the nascent outlaw country movement, playing bass for Michael Martin Murphy and Willie Nelson.

Soon he found a home with the infamous Lost Gonzo Band, backing Jerry Jeff Walker on 1973’s Viva Terlingua!, an album that ranks with Honky Tonk Heroes and Shotgun Willie as one of the stone-cold classics of progressive country music. It’s also an expectedly rousing tribute to one of the Big Bend’s last enclaves of undiluted outsider spirit.

Nunn went on to make three more albums with the Lost Gonzo Band, and then began performing under his own name in the ’80s. In keeping with the ethos that defined him early on, he took a hands-on approach to his solo career, avoiding major labels, releasing his own music and gravitating toward Campfire Records, an indie label based in San Antonio, with whom he’s released nine albums.

Nunn has never hidden his love for Texas, and in turn former Texas Governor Mark White named him our Official Ambassador to the World in 1985. In 1995 he was included in the West Texas Walk of Fame, and in 2004 he was inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame.

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