Townes Van Zandt

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  1. Robin Nahum

    Robin Nahum Friend of Leo's

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    If you go here,

    http://www.abc.net.au/rn/intothemusic/stories/2009/2495671.htm

    you can read about and hear a great program about the life of Townes Van Zandt, and there is an extended interview with Steve Earle.

    I hear TVZ's name mentioned from time to time and, of course, he wrote Pancho and Lefty but there is a lot more - as this program reveals.
     
  2. born2tele

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    That´s great, thanks for the link. Townes is one of my favourite
    singer/songwriter.
     
  3. Eric Karonen

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    Overheard at a concert many moons ago ... "I hate songs about towns" ... sheesh ...
     
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    Thanks for sharing!
    Just listened to the program and the interview with Steve Earl.
    Sitting in Sweden listening to a radioshow in Australia found on a forum in the US,sometimes the internet is great!
     
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    Can't say enough about Townes effect on me as a songwriter, thanks for the link Robin Nahum
     
  6. Tim Armstrong

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    Yeah, thanks Robin!!!

    I was lucky enough to see Townes play at the Cellar Door in Georgetown/Washington DC back in the early 80s, and perhaps even more fortunate to have stumbled upon a whole bunch of his albums in a cutout bin back then (since, alas, lost in a flood along with several hundred other records). He was one of the first artists I discovered who made music that was unpolished and uncommercial (by the standards of commercial radio, at least!) yet grabbed me and shook me hard.

    Tim
     
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    How about this?

    You can watch the full length documentary on Townes -

    http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/be_here_to_love_me/

    There are a few short commercials to sit through, but I found it worthwhile.

    I performed in the Kerrville (Texas) New Folk competition in 1976. Townes was supposed to be one of the judges, but he ended up being a no show. It would have been nice to have met him - or it might have been nice.
     
  8. Kerry Vance

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    He was also featured in the film Heartworn Highways.
     
  9. furrfurrfurr

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    I just saw Steve Earle play a solo acoustic show last Saturday night. Outrageously fantastic. He did a bunch from the new Townes album and told a lot of great stories.
     
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    So which TVZ album to start off with?
     
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    My favorites are Live at the Old Quarter and Flyin' Shoes.
     
  12. Jakedog

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    I would start off with the first one, "For The Sake Of The Song". "Live At The Old Quarter" is an all-time favorite album of mine, but I've been told by some people that I've sent after it that it can be a little hard to access for people who aren't generally into the solo singer-songwriter thing.

    Like Mudshark says, "Flying Shoes" is also a GREAT record, and it has some of my favorite Townes songs ever on it.


    Another one worth looking into is the infamous "Nashville Sessions" album. It was originally going to titled "Seven Come Eleven", but wasn't released for about twenty years after it was recorded. The production is odd, as are a a couple of the songs, but it's a unique corner or Townes catalog that I rather enjoy.

    Townes is my all time favorite songwriter. It would be incredibly hard to have a pulse, and not be moved by his lyrics.
     
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    Lucky you, Tim! Heartworn Highways is a good intro to Townes and his gang. Our Mother the Mountain's a good place to start, too.
     
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    'Heartworn Highways' was my intro to Townes, for the most part. After that, I dove in. What a talented guy. And what a character, so smart and so funny.
     
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