Exec. Producers, Beau Ross and John Trube celebrate with Patrick Tourville

at Sneak Preview screening, Austin March 23rd.

Associate Producer Nate Ferrone, Writer Ron Deutsch and Director Patrick Tourville


Jerry Jeff Walker documentary will answer some of fans' longtime questions

Alan Peppard

Dallas Morning News

Sunday, November 7, 2010

In director Patrick Tourville's documentary in progress about Jerry Jeff Walker, the Texas troubadour fills in a lot of missing puzzle pieces for longtime fans.

For example: How did he get a crowd to come to Luckenbach (population: 3) for the landmark live recording of the album ¡Viva Terlingua! and its anthemic track "London Homesick Blues" featuring a shouting, hooting audience?

Clips from the film OK Buckaroos show Jerry Jeff explaining that he went to Luckenbach to transcend the studio experience.

"But there wasn't any audience," he says. "You can hear crickets and stuff on the record. We were goin' so well that I said, 'Let's call Austin and let them advertise that we're doing a show Saturday night in Luckenbach and tell them we're charging a dollar, so they'll come.' 'Cause I just needed people in there. Well, about 900 people showed up at a dance hall that holds about 500."

Tourville is a friend of Jerry Jeff and his wife, Susan. He filmed the singer's Fourth of July concert last year at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.

When Tourville approached Susan asking what to do with the footage, she handed him 40 years' worth of films, video and photos, and gave him a free hand to make a documentary.

"I had a lot of videotapes up on the shelf that were not going to be in good shape much longer," she says.

"I wanted to save all this stuff."

So Tourville began filming interviews with friends and contemporaries including Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Kris Kristofferson and Jimmy Buffet.

In a clip from the '70s, Jerry Jeff said that when he wrote "Mr. Bojangles," no one knew it would have such universal appeal and be covered by so many artists. "Who thought they'd be interested in an old drunk and a dead dog?" he says.

OK Buckaroos is being edited, and a release date is not yet scheduled.

DALLAS IFF’S Centerpiece screenings are works from acclaimed actors, directors and producers that hope to inspire conversation, spark imagination and encourage contemplation. In announcing BEAUTIFUL BOY, SOUL SURFER and OK BUCKAROOS as the three Centerpieces, DALLAS IFF is staying true to finding films that do just this. Although very different works of art, both BEAUTIFUL BOY and SOUL SURFER focus on the emotional impact that tragedy has on the family unit, whilst OK BUCKAROOS is an insightful journey through the life of music legend, Jerry Jeff Walker.

Patrick Tourville’s OK BUCKAROOS is the story of a troubadour’s journey in the last years of the twentieth century. Jerry Jeff Walker was a street singer in the sixties. In the seventies he led a musical movement and in the eighties he walked away from the recording industry. Tourville’s film explores the 50-year journey of this Gypsy Song Man from Upstate New York to the beaches of Florida and the hustling sidewalks of New Orleans to Independence Day in 2009 and a hot summer’s night in Round Rock, Texas.

“OK Buckaroos”: Dallas Int’l Film Festival Review

Best of Texas
Kelly Dearmore

APRIL 12, 2011 

While the Dallas Int’l Film Festival ended this past weekend, we’re still fest-ing it up, here. In fact, over the next couple of weeks, we’ll fill you in on some of the Texas-centric films that were showcased in Dallas.

Of course, it’s hard to get more Tex-centric than a movie that details the musical life of the legendary troubadour outlaw, Jerry Jeff Walker. OK Buckaroos, an extremely well-made and polished documentary from filmmaker Patrick Tourville, really highlighted the music that has made the man into a legend, worthy of a retrospective and loving film.

DALLAS 2011: Critic's Notebook

Green Cine Daily

Steve Dollar

OK Buckaroos, the Walker bio that was the centerpiece of the Dallas International Film Fesival(which concludes Sunday), is the kind of documentary that assumes no critical ironies. It's a love-in all the way. And Walker, seen in vintage fuzzy video clips as he shimmies around the stage in gym shorts, white socks and sneakers, is the kind of natural raconteur whose loquacious charms would be hard to resist.

OK Buckaroos A Magical Musical Journey of Jerry Jeff Walker


Sandra Kent

CNN iReport

April 7, 2011

OK Buckaroos is a magical musical documentary of Jerry Jeff Walkers career as a leader of the Outlaw Country Movement.  The Dallas Film International Festival spotlighted the film at a fun filled evening of Q and A and live performance after the movie at Gilleys.   In the age of Independent artists, he was one of the first to claim his freedom from the major record labels. The fascinating documentary takes you on a journey of how Jerry made it in the business, how he lived hard and lost everything, but restored his career with the help of his loving wife, Susan.

“The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.”

Jerry Jeff Walker, outlaw country troubadour, is the subject of director Patrick Tourville’s documentary, OK Buckaroos. Not only was a packed house treated to an in-depth look into the life of one of music’s most innovative artists, but we were also privileged to see the man perform live.

As someone who only knew of Jerry Jeff Walker as “the guy who wrote Mr Bojangles”, I have to say this film was quite enlightening. Originally from upstate New York, Jerry Jeff worked his way from being a street singer to writing one of the most popular songs of all time. His version of ‘Mr. Bojangles’ was never a hit, but countless other artists achieved great success with their version of the tune.

What surprised me the most was how far ahead of the times Jerry Jeff was when he decided to forgo the major record labels and record and distribute his music independently. At a time in the 80s where the major labels were everything, Walker proved that success was possible even without a big push from a record label, paving the way for what we see today in the music industry.

John P. Meyer

Pegasus News Dallas Fort Worth

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

At the Magnolia last night, fans of Texas country music legend Jerry Jeff Walker were treated to an in-person appearance and commentary by the man about whom the film OK Buckaroos was made.

Filmmaker Patrick Tourville was there, too — along with Jerry Jeff's wife Susan, who figures prominently in both the film and Walker's life story.

DALLAS International Film Festival Chairman of the Board Michael Cain provided introductory comments to the packed auditorium, advising everyone to actually turn ON their electronic devices and tweet about their attendance before kicking back to enjoy the show.

The kicking back part went a whole lot easier thanks to product sponsor Stella Artois, whose representatives passed out free beers from ice-filled buckets. (STE-lla! STE-lla!)

Tourville's film proved to be an insightful and nuanced (and lengthy) biopic, chronicling Walker's career right from its beginnings in rural New York state, where he was born as Ronald Crosby. He spent a good many years on his grandfather's farm before taking to the road, playing as a street musician, meeting colorful characters, and of course writing songs about them (ref. Mr. Bojangles).

Walker's big break came when a New York City free-format DJ broadcast a live performance of Walker singing "Bojangles"; he played it over and over again in the next several days, and its appeal spread like wildfire.

Todd Snider, Bruce Robison, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Susan Walker each provide their insights on camera, but undoubtedly the most entertaining parts of the film are the vintage concert footage, with Walker performing many of his most beloved songs live on a variety of stages, from SMU's McFarlin auditorium to the Luckenbach Dancehall (where ¡Viva Terlingua! was recorded) to an open-air stadium in Round Rock, where on July 4, 2009, Jerry Jeff wowed a whole new set of fans with an Independence Day performance they'd never forget.

Most appreciated by the audience members (judging by the volume of laughter) was a segment featuring a late '70s vintage Austin live show in which Jerry Jeff takes the stage wearing what appears to be a pair of white gym shorts. (And a cowboy hat.) Oh, those knobby-kneed legs!

As Walker explained during the Q/A which followed the film, he had just come to the stage after doing a 4K fun run that morning; the live performance (which gets wilder and wilder as the day, and then the evening, wears on) continued into the wee morning hours.

One audience member expressed his starry-eyed appreciation for Jerry Jeff in particular and all things outlaw country in general, eventually coming around to a question: Where was the actual Green Frog Cafe sung about in the Guy Clark-penned opus, "Desperados Waiting for a Train"? (The man reported visiting Green Frog Cafes in Archer City and several other Texas towns, on each occasion wondering whether or not he'd reached the font of "Desperados" inspiration.)

Jerry Jeff stated that he seemed to remember Clark saying it was in Monahans. But to settle the matter once and for all, he pulled out his cell phone and proceeded to dial up Guy Clark from right up there on stage. "He's recovering from knee surgery," Jerry Jeff commented as the ringing commenced.

"Hello?", we could hear, as Jerry Jeff held the mic up to the phone.

"Guy Clark? It's Jerry Jeff Walker."


"I'm at this film festival here in Dallas. And a guy wants to know where the Green Frog Cafe is."

"Well, I think there's one in Monahans..."

(Cue crowd applause, cat calls, and whistles.)

Just another laid back evening with Jerry Jeff Walker.

Dallas IFF 2011 – OK Buckaroos

Brendan McDonald

Traveling with Dallas IFF 2011

April 8, 2011


Emily Hargrove / Forte PR

The DALLAS International Film Festival

March 7, 2011

The Dallas International Film Festival enjoyed a wildly warm response to "OK Buckaroos" Tuesday night. The film, a perceptive and enlightened study of legendary country music "outlaw" Jerry Jeff Walker, will show again today, 4:30 p.m., Magnolia. Jerry Jeff appeared onstage at the Magnolia last night, along with director Patrick Tourville, and proved that whether as performer or interviewee, he knows how to put on a helluva show.


Tourville's admiring yet even-handed perspective allows room for Walker's human flaws, his moodiness and his propensity for excess, whether consuming liquor or carelessly spending his hard-earned fortune. But what emerges most strongly is a portrait of an artist and performer of unshakable integrity, as witnessed by his turbulent relationship with a recording industry inevitably more obsessed with the bottom line than with musical artistry. On a personal basis, Walker emerges as a husband in love with and somewhat in awe of his level-headed wife. Hey, he even loves his kids and dogs. And, even if you don't love Jerry Jeff Walker before you see "OK Buckaroos," you'll love the guy after seeing this well-researched, energetic documentary.


Philip Wunch

Film Critic and Jurist at Dallas IFF

April 6, 2011

OK Buckaroos,

Here we go again…..

We have doubled down on our efforts to get this film to out. A new team has been assembled with

the sole focus of fund-raising and getting us the widest distribution possible but we got work to do

before we can get to an official release. While some minor creative and technical fixes are needed

our primary challenges are in the licensing and clearances of all the amazing archived footage and

the 29 songs in the film. We’ve got a plan and now it includes you. Please spread the word, visit us  

                             …or get in touch with us if you would like to talk to us about other opportunities.

If there is a theater in your area that you think would be appropriate let us know. We’d love to work

with you on that one as well.