Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt

Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt

Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt

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The songs of Townes Van Zandt are destined to be for folk artists what the works of Gershwin are to saloon singers. The likes of "Pancho & Lefty," "If I Needed You," and "To Live's to Fly" are the quintessence of troubadour music, thanks to the somber grace of the late Lone Star legend's language and the engaging simplicity of his melodies. Poet gathers a talented assortment of Van Zandt contemporaries and apostles to pay tribute to the man by lovingly reinterpreting his songs. Steve Earle electrifies "Two Girls" while Billy Joe Shaver tackles "White Freightliner Blues" with similar fervor. "Tower Song," one of the most poignant breakup songs ever written, is revived by Nanci Griffith, and Willie Nelson provides a conversational version of "Marie." Stalwart fans of these gems will always prefer hearing the originals and live versions performed by their composer, but they'll find plenty to respect and enjoy in this lovingly compiled salute. --Steven Stold

Track Listing:

  1. To Live Is to Fly
  2. Tower Song
  3. White Freightliner Blues
  4. Highway Kind
  5. Snake Song
  6. If I Needed You
  7. Loretta
  8. Nothin'
  9. Blue Wind Blew
  10. Mr
  11. Two Girls
  12. Marie
  13. Pancho & Lefty
  14. Waitin' 'Round to Die
  15. My Proud Mountains