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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-11 12:34 AM
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How come nobody told me about Townes Van Zandt?


This is amazing stuff...
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txwhitedove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-11 01:10 AM
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1. Hmmm, you just discovering Texas musicians tonight? Great stuff indeed.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-11 01:33 PM
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9. One thing led to another...
It just seemed like a natural progression...
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txwhitedove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-11 11:44 PM
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10. A wonderful progression. Try a little Toni Price ~
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-11 09:57 AM
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2. Better late than never!
What a songwriter! White Freightliner is one of my favorites, especially as done by New Grass Revival.

Bake
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peacefreak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-11 10:07 AM
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3. Oh yeah.
If I Needed You, Tecumsah Valley, Tower Song. Good stuff.
Here's what Steve Earle said about him; "Townes van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.
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cemaphonic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-11 01:11 PM
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6. Townes' response to that Earle quote:
Ive met Bob Dylan and his bodyguards, and I dont think Steve could get anywhere near his coffee table.

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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-11 10:21 AM
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4. Poncho and Lefty alone is enough to canonize the guy.
Still, what a waste. When you look at the quality and quantity of the man's work from the late 60s to mid 70s, and then look at everything after, it's terrible to think how much art was stolen from us because of booze. There's all the rock star cliches of a bright light burning twice as fast, but for such a warm and talented guy to end up in such a pathetic way is just sad. (And I say that, mind you, as a man who enjoys his booze.)
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-11 11:29 AM
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5. He was probably bipolar - back then there weren't that good of meds for it
Most highly creative people, 'geniuses' in Van Zandt's case (he tested as a genius as a teen), felt the old meds would 'turn off' what made them them. Some say the current meds do that to an extent.

Sad sad story...
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cemaphonic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-11 01:23 PM
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7. Have you listened to his "Live From the Old Quarter" album yet?
It's my favorite - it's a live double album with virtually all of his best material without the horrible 70s Nashville production on his studio albums. It's also full of terrible jokes that are somehow made really funny by his deadpan delivery.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-11 01:32 PM
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8. Listening to that now
All of his fans, including Mr Earle, suggested to get that album.

It's amazing, and the terrible jokes are made funny by the delivery - but also a melancholy note permeates them all knowing what would eventually happen to him.

Great show
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likesmountains 52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 12:20 AM
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11. He was the best...been listening to his stuff for 40 years.
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 01:48 AM
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12. He's great -- check out the documentary Be Here to Love Me
Edited on Thu Jul-21-11 01:49 AM by fishwax
if you like music documentaries, that is ...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423853 /
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 01:35 PM
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14. I've heard Be Here to Love Me can stand on its own
That is, you could hate country music and TVZ and still love that documentary...

True?
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 03:59 PM
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15. yeah I think that's pretty true
Certainly if you hate country music and know nothing about TVZ you could love the film, but if you hated TVZ maybe not (hard to figure that taste, after all ;)). But it's a great documentary in its own right, for sure.
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 01:50 AM
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13. A legend from my own time.
Edited on Thu Jul-21-11 01:54 AM by freshwest
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-22-11 08:14 PM
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16. I see you're up to the 70's
:hi:
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