1953 - 2011
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From the JW Weir website:
JW Weir has been in the music business for over 30 years. Starting off a wild and crazy guy makin up songs straight out of high school, J.W. joined his first band, a folk/rock trio in 1975 called Cloverleaf - and working out of a trailer in…Cloverleaf. His band covered songs from Jimmy Buffett, Emmylou Harris & John Prine to Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard & Hank Williams. In the early 1980's, J.W. released two 45 single records that included all original songs: “Texas, Texas, All Night Long” , “Never Love the Same Way Twice”, “Beer and Setups” and “Walker Was the First One Down”. In 1982 and 1983 J.W. was a featured songwriter at the Kerrville Folk Festival and Ballad Tree sessions, with another famous Texas alum-Lyle Lovett. Still inspired and deeply rooted in the songwriting experience from and by these early years, JW never forgets who he came to the dance with. During the 1980's, "J W Weir and the Dive Bombers”, were a power packed Honky Tonk band playing, raising hell, making a living around the Gulf Coast. The Divebombers also performed 4 years at the Houston International Festival from 1989 to 1992. In the early 1990’s, J.W. tired of the music grind and semi-retired from the biz. So he jumped into the world of saltwater fishing after his dad gave him a Penn rod-n-reel he had fished out of the Gulf one day. After a few hookups, J.W. became so obsessed with fishing it just inspired him to pick up his Martin guitar again and crank out new tunes. Returning from a fishing trip one day in 1992, J.W. saw a billboard that had gone up, advertising the beach road as the Bluewater Highway. Although the water is usually muddy along this stretch, J.W. managed to turn it into a thing of beauty. As J.W. tells it, “I just couldn’t believe they would call this the Bluewater Highway! Hell that name hit me right between the eyes and I pulled over and wrote the song in like 10 minutes. It was easy to write because that song was all about my life up to that point.” The songs written during these years became the foundation of his new and present "tropical” attitude towards music. In 1994, JW released BLUEWATER HIGHWAY and it has been his biggest success story to date. It has been played in the Netherlands, Texas, Holland, Texas, Louisiana, Texas, Florida, Texas, California, (did i say Texas?) and across the universe on the Internet. And needless to say, in a few jukeboxes. Originally released as a cassette album, BLUEWATER HIGHWAY now comes in a repackaged 13 song CD after 4 acoustic originals were added in 2002. 13 original songs!
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