Sunday, August 23, 2009

Brand New Companion

I found this video on youtube featuring Steve Earle singing the Townes Van Zandt blues, Brand New Companion. Earle has been promoting his tribute to the late Townes Van Zandt, simply called Townes. There are a couple blues on the recording, so I guess that allows me to post about it here. It's by no means a blues record though, although Townes Van Zandt sure had the blues. This recording features Earle's take on 15 of Van Zandt's tunes. He's made it clear that he believes his friend and teacher Townes was one of the best songwriters ever.

I remember the first time I heard Townes Van Zandt. A friend of a friend had told me about his music, and not long after, I stumbled across a record (yep, vinyl) called Live and Obscure. The songs and the performances were fantastic.

Steve Earle does a fine tribute to Van Zandt on Townes. Highly Recommended.

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