Jerry Jeff Walker

Jerry Jeff Walker had a mature music career when the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus were zygotes. But while younger artists have been buffeted by the rapid changes in the record business, Jerry Jeff and his manager wife, Susan, have consistently pushed the envelope to create new economic models for recording artists.

That work continued on Friday when the 67-year-old Austin-based singer released his latest album, Moon Child, exclusively as a digital download. The Walkers have no plans to press discs.

“When Jerry Jeff wanted to record another – we don’t even know what to call them anymore – album or compilation,” says Susan, “I said, ‘It’s silly to manufacture CDs.’ I showed him our numbers. Downloads account for at least 90 percent of what people are buying. Just 10 percent are buying CDs. I asked him, ‘Who are these people, and can’t we bring them into this century? You know, just nudge them along.’ “

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