April 15, 2009

Steve Earle: Townes

Steve Earle: Townes
photo: Ted Barron

When an acclaimed singer-songwriter decides to devote an entire album to the songs of one of his peers, the question is: why? Well, because the singer wants to make sure that the songs will be heard by a new generation of Americana alt-country lovers. Steve Earle recorded his favorite Townes Van Zandt songs and put fifteen of them on his new album. Townes is a worthy tribute to the gloomy cult favorite whose songs made into the canon of country. During his lifetime Van Zandt's songs were recorded by Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard teamed up to take Pancho & Lefty to the number one spot on the country charts in 1983.

Steve Earle pours his heart out on Townes. His versions sound more upbeat and angry than the originals, mostly because he lacks the deadpan delivery of the composer. The album is also available as a 2CD deluxe edition. The second disc contains solo recordings that were used as the basic tracks.

Steve Earle: Townes

Townes is released on New West Records. Release date: May 12.

  1. Pancho & Lefty
  2. White Freightliner Blues
  3. Colorado Girl
  4. Where I Lead Me
  5. Lungs
  6. No Place To Fall
  7. Loretta
  8. Brand New Companion
  9. Rake
  10. Delta Momma Blues
  11. Marie
  12. Don't Take It Too Bad
  13. Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold
  14. (Quicksilver Daydreams Of) Maria
  15. To Live Is To Fly

» steveearle.com

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