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Posted: 12 January 2014 09:42 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Townes Van Zandt singing Waitin’ Around to Die.

I met Townes five or six times. He was a great performer when he was sober. Unfortunately he was not sober nearly enough.

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Posted: 13 January 2014 01:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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DarronS - 12 January 2014 09:42 PM

Townes Van Zandt singing Waitin’ Around to Die.

I met Townes five or six times. He was a great performer when he was sober. Unfortunately he was not sober nearly enough.

eeeshhh….I had to stop it Foto.  That’s the blues alright.

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Posted: 13 January 2014 03:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I wasn’t really impressed with his singing but he’s one hellova a finger picker.


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Posted: 13 January 2014 03:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Townes was a renowned songwriter. Sorta the Texas version of Bob Dylan.

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Posted: 13 January 2014 08:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Ok, I’m not gonna say it but I guess he really was huh? It’s sad when tortured artists slowly kill themselves with drugs or alcohol (or both). There are too many examples of this ala the 27 club.


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Posted: 13 January 2014 08:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I don’t know what inspired Townes to write this song, but he wrote in it 1969 when he was 25 years old. He was diagnosed as manic-depressive in the early 1960s and fought alcoholism and drug abuse his entire life, so maybe he foresaw what was coming. Townes was a brilliant songwriter, and could actually sing pretty well when he was young, but substance abuse took its toll on his voice and his body. He was five years younger than I am now when he died in 1997.

Edit: Apparently Townes wrote Waiting Around to Die earlier than I thought, as it was on his 1968 debut album. Also, Townes was six years younger than I am when he died on Jan. 1, 1997.

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Posted: 14 January 2014 09:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Was he a local performer Darron because I don’t remember hearing about him? At that time I was heavily into the folk scene, listening to and learning songs from Ian and Sylvia, Dylan, Mississippi John Hurt, Buffy St. Marie, Tom Paxton et. al.

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Posted: 14 January 2014 10:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Townes wrote Pancho and Lefty, among other songs. His songs have been covered by Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, Steve Earle and dozens of others. Yeah, he was a regional performer, but you’ve heard his songs.

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Posted: 14 January 2014 06:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Ah, can you name a few off the top of your head? I bet I have then.


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Posted: 14 January 2014 06:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Cowboy Junkies Lament
To Live is to Fly
Snake Mountain Blues
For the Sake of the Song
White Freightliner Blues
Delta Momma Blues

You’d have to be a fan of Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and similar artists to have heard Townes’ songs.

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Posted: 14 January 2014 09:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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DarronS - 14 January 2014 06:50 PM

Cowboy Junkies Lament
To Live is to Fly
Snake Mountain Blues
For the Sake of the Song
White Freightliner Blues
Delta Momma Blues

You’d have to be a fan of Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and similar artists to have heard Townes’ songs.

White Freightliner Blues!  I lived in a White Freightliner for 2 years.  I got the blues…. LOL

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Posted: 14 January 2014 10:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Check out this cover Vy.

The Flatlanders White Freightliner Blues.

They have the Twang and the Rock.

Edit: Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band Covering Pancho and Lefty.

Townes is up there with Willie Nelson and Guy Clark in the pantheon of Texas songwriters.

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Posted: 15 January 2014 01:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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DarronS - 14 January 2014 10:33 PM

Check out this cover Vy.

The Flatlanders White Freightliner Blues.

They have the Twang and the Rock.

Edit: Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band Covering Pancho and Lefty.

Townes is up there with Willie Nelson and Guy Clark in the pantheon of Texas songwriters.

Listened to both of these. Good stuff. Good songwriting. That “Pancho and Lefty” is a song I will have to go back and here again.
That one could stick with me.

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Posted: 15 January 2014 05:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Yeah, I remember this song! Man, Emmylou sure does it justice! That brings back memories. I used to play in a band with a Texan named Joe Dobbs who played Texas swing style fiddle. It sounds like one of the songs he used to play.

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Posted: 15 January 2014 09:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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I will never, ever get tired of hearing Pancho and Lefty. I’m glad y’all enjoy it too. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that song around the campfires at Kerrville. The first time was Townes signing it at Camp Moco Verde, right after I heard Peter Yarrow sing Blowin’ in the Wind.

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