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Townes

 

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When I hear TVZ I’m totally taken away by his music.  He without a doubt plays and sings some of my all-time favorite songs.  I can’t remember when or where I first heard him which is odd because I usually recall that kind of thing with music I like this much. It just seems he’s always been with me.

So much the same as when I found a take on Dan Hicks on these pages (Music Enthusiast) it was the same when I saw Aphoristic ( another station with a wealth of material I’m making my way through) including Townes in his library.  Instant cred with CB.  It amazes me that more people don’t know Van Zandt and it also amazes me (now) when someone acknowledges his work.  Another American music secret.  So my hat is off to Aphoristic on his great (in CB’s opinion) selection of Townes Van Zandt in his collection.  A rare sighting indeed.  A review of one his albums is below.  Thanks for the loan Aphoristic.  (Tecumseh Valley is on this album.  A CB hall of Famer).

Our Mother The Mountain – Townes Van Zandt

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20 comments on “Townes

  1. Aphoristical
    August 10, 2017

    Thanks for featuring my take!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 10, 2017

      No problem. Anyone who does a piece on Townes is speaking my language. Did you have any idea that would be the choice? On the other end of the scale from Eno, Gabriel etc …..

      (I had to did your comment out of my span. No idea why or how that happened)

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      • Aphoristical
        August 10, 2017

        I figured it would be one of the ones you’d already commented on. I’m hoping to get King Crimson up before you work through to K on my site, but I don’t know if that will happen.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 10, 2017

        I’ll come back to KC when you get to it. I still have lots of good music to get to on your site. I figured we’d get a few bites on Townes. I can’t tell you how much I like the guys music. Greenpete58 summed him up pretty well. Fox mentioning ‘Flying Shoes’ is sending me off to listen to it. Like I mentioned to Pete there is an excellent doc on TVZ. If you haven’t seen it I think it’s well worth the time.

        (Your comment went to spam again. No idea why)

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      • Aphoristical
        August 10, 2017

        What are his last two albums like? Never heard them.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 10, 2017

        I don’t even know what his last two albums where. The last albums I bought of his were Roadsongs, Rear View Mirror, Live and Obscure and A Far Cry From Dead. Steve Earle has an album called ‘Townes’ which I haven’t got around to but you can pretty well guarantee it will be good.

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      • Aphoristical
        August 10, 2017

        Last one I’ve heard is Flyin’ Shoes. Think he made one studio album in the 1980s and one in the 1990s.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 11, 2017

        I’m not up on the order. I have ‘Shoes’ and a pretty good chunk of his work. ‘Shoes’ is good. When i get to your take

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 11, 2017

        I have ‘Shoes’ and about 10 other of his recordings. Now it’s easy to hear artists like TVZ. Back in the day it was like looking for a rare bird. Not easy to come by or even hear anywhere. You are in a pretty small fan base.

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      • Aphoristical
        August 11, 2017

        The Texas Troubadour box is pretty cool – I got it cheap, and you get his first seven albums and some out-takes.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 11, 2017

        That sounds like a great score. You have discovered one of the best in CB’s opinion.

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  2. 1537
    August 10, 2017

    I will explore.

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  3. hotfox63
    August 10, 2017

    Townes van Zandt was an addict. But he did some very good albums. I especially like “Flyin ‘Shoes” from 1978. Beautiful, flowing songs with wonderful melodies.

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  4. greenpete58
    August 10, 2017

    Townes is one of those songwriters that other songwriters love, because he sings haunting, straightforward songs about real people (which we’d all like to be able to do). I think he’s not as well known because he probably preferred bars to concert halls. He’s also hard to classify (country? folk? singer-songwriter?). He did have addictions, and I think drank himself to death, but this factoid makes his songs even more haunting. I discovered his music a few years ago. His “Live at the Old Quarter” album is great listening late at night in a dark room.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 10, 2017

      I get a lot of inspiration out of Townes for the reason you mentioned, “haunting straightforward songs about real people”. Along with the addictions he fought mental illness. He had his demons. There’s a good doc floating around if you can find it. I love the guys work. ‘Quarter’ is a must listen. You have so many of these great talents down on your side of the border. I was listening to Greg Brown recently, he’s another unique talent that’s hard to categorize. He’s hooked up with your gal Iris Dement. I can never get enough of this type of music. Good comment Pete. Thanks.

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    • Michael Lawrence
      November 14, 2017

      I’m steadily wearing out my copy of Live at the Old Quarter. When life gets tough, and even when it doesn’t, I head straight for it. Lights off, turntable spinning. I wouldn’t want to be anyplace else. It also shows his guitar playing better than most of his other records, I think.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 14, 2017

        Townes is a special guy for me. I hear you on “steadily wearing out” the album. It won’t happen Michael, you’ll be listening to if forever. he always takes me with him with hid music. I will have to pay attention to your note on hid guitar playing. Thanks for dropping by. I will bracket some time and pop over to your site and have a look.

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  5. Yeah, Another Blogger
    August 11, 2017

    Hi.
    I’m trying to remember who did a version of Tecumseh Valley that I like a lot. I’m going to google it and will be back in a minute.

    I’m back. It’s Nanci Griffith.

    You’re right — it’s a great song.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 11, 2017

      That song moves me every time I hear it. Townes has so many good songs with women characters. So many great artists like Nancy have covered his tunes. Thanks for that Neil.
      I watched a thing on PBS last night ‘Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers at the Ryman’. Harris did a great version of Griffith’s ‘It’s a Hard Life Where Ever You Go’. (I’ll get over and see what you have on tap tomorrow).

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