Duane Jarvis

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Duane Jarvis (August 22, 1957 – April 1, 2009)[1] was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter who recorded songs with many rock and roll and country music performers, including Frank Black, Peter Case, Rosie Flores, John Prine, Amy Rigby, Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam, Gene Clark & Carla Olson.[2]

In addition to his collaborations, which included co-writing "Still I Long For Your Kiss", a song on Williams's Grammy-winning album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, he also released a number of solo albums.

He described his style as "country rock by way of the British Invasion" in a 1994 interview with The Oregonian, citing The Who, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones as influences who themselves had borrowed much from roots music.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Jarvis was born in Astoria, Oregon. Jarvis grew up in California, Oregon and Washington, with a mother who was a nurse and a father in the United States Coast Guard who would often play country music records. While living in Florida as a pre-teen, he received a guitar pick from B. B. King at the end of a concert he attended, which Jarvis kept for the rest of his life. He was part of a blues band and a power pop group[3][4] while in his teens.[2]

Jarvis died of colon cancer at age 51 on April 1, 2009, at his home in Marina del Rey, California.[2][5]


Studio albums[edit]

  • D.J.'s Front Porch (Twin/Tone- Medium Cool), February 22, 1994
  • Far From Perfect (Watermelon), February 24, 1998
  • Combo Platter (Glitterhouse), 1999 – Compilation of non-album studio tracks
  • Certified Miracle (Slewfoot), July 31, 2001
  • Delicious (Slewfoot), December 23, 2003


  • "Cocktail Napkin" on Nashville: The Other Side Of The Alley... Vol. 3 (Bloodshot, 1996)
  • "Broken A/C Blues" on Down To The Promised Land: 5 Years Of Bloodshot Records (2000)
  • "Squeaky Wheel" on Freight Train Boogie: A Collection of Americana Music (The Orchard, 2001)
  • "There Is a Light" on The Rookie original soundtrack (Hollywood, 2002)
  • "New Madrid" (with Dave Coleman) on For Anyone Thats Listening: A Tribute to Uncle Tupelo (Flat Earth Records. 2003)
  • "Cupid Must Be Angry" on Lowe Profile: A Tribute to Nick Lowe (Brewery Records, 2005)

Other credits[edit]

  • "Still I Long for Your Kiss" (cowr.) on Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998)
  • "A Girl That's Hip" (cowr.) performed by Tim Carroll, on Drop Dead Gorgeous original soundtrack (1999); and (as "Girl That's Hip") on Tim Carroll, Not for Sale (self-released 2000, re-released 2009)
  • Guitar on Lucinda Williams, Sweet Old World (1992)
  • Guitar on Greg Trooper, Everywhere (1992) (album)
  • Guitar on Greg Trooper, Popular Demons (1998) (album)
  • "Sold on You" (cowr., guitarist on album) on Rosie Flores, After the Farm (1992)
  • Guitar and mandolin on Gene Clark/Carla Olson, Silhouetted in Light (1992) – reissued as In Concert
  • Bass on John Prine, A John Prine Christmas (1994)
  • Guitar, coproduction on David Childers, Hard Time County (1999) and A Good Way to Die (2001)
  • Producer, guitar and mandolin on Danny Baseheart EP Hell Raisin’ Star Gazin'/Good Ole' Fashioned Evil (2002)
  • Lead guitar on Amy Rigby, 'Til the Wheels Fall Off, on title track performed by Amy Rigby with Todd Snider (2003)
  • Guitar on Ellis Hooks, The Hand of God (2003)
  • Guitar on David Andrews, Everything to Lose (2004)
  • Guitar on Frank Black, Fast Man Raider Man (2006)
  • Guitar on Peter Case, Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John (2007)
  • Guitars and background vocals on Matt Keating, Quixotic (2008)
  • Dobro on Greg Koons and the Misbegotten, Nowhere Motel (June 23, 2009)
  • Guitar on Black Francis, The Golem (2010, recorded 2008)


  1. ^ a b Lewis, Randy (April 1, 2009). "Duane Jarvis dies at 51; L.A. roots music singer-songwriter and guitarist". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 2, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Cooper, Peter (April 1, 2009). "Duane Jarvis, famed guitarist and singer-songwriter, dies of colon cancer". The Tennessean. Retrieved April 1, 2009.[dead link]
  3. ^ Bogdanski, Jack. "Rockin' with Duane". Jack Bog's Blog. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
  4. ^ Bogdanski, Jack. "More Rockin' with Duane". Jack Bog's Blog. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
  5. ^ "Duane Jarvis dies at 51". LA Times. April 2, 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2014.

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