Townes Van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt (John Townes Van Zandt, born at Fort Worth, Texas, March 7, 1944 and died at Smyrna, Tennessee, January 1, 1997). He was a country and folk singer and poet. While alive, Van Zandt was labelled as a cult musician. Though he had a small and devoted fanbase, he never had a successful album or single, and even had difficulty keeping his recordings in print. ...show more
Townes Van Zandt (John Townes Van Zandt, born at Fort Worth, Texas, March 7, 1944 and died at Smyrna, Tennessee, January 1, 1997). He was a country and folk singer and poet. While alive, Van Zandt was labelled as a cult musician. Though he had a small and devoted fanbase, he never had a successful album or single, and even had difficulty keeping his recordings in print.
Many of his songs, including "If I Needed You," "To Live Is To Fly," and "No Place to Fall" are considered standards of their genre. AllMusic has called him "one of the greatest country and folk artists of his generation." In 1983, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard covered his song "Pancho and Lefty", scoring a number one hit on the Billboard country music charts. Despite achievements like these, the bulk of Van Zandt's life was spent performing in dive bars, often living in cheap motel rooms, backwoods cabins and on friends' couches. Van Zandt was notorious for his drug addictions, alcoholism and his tendency to tell tall tales.
Van Zandt died on New Year's Day, 1997 from health problems stemming from years of substance abuse. The 2000s saw a resurgence of interest in Van Zandt. During the decade, two books, a documentary film and a number of magazine articles about the singer were created. Van Zandt's music has been covered by such notable and varied musicians as Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, and The Meat Puppets. ...show less
Albums & Singles by Townes Van Zandt
Down Home (Live)
Live At The Old Quarter
Be Here To Love Me' Soundtrack
Texas Troubadour, Vol.4
Texas Troubadour - Volume One
Texas Troubadour CD2
Texas Troubadour CD3
Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas CD2
Texas Troubadour CD1
Be Here To Love Me
Legend Disc 2
In The Beginning
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Swamp Strut & Hambone: 70s Country Funk
Songs that will improve your life
Sit back and relax
sit down and cry
late night tunes
Indie Sounds of my Summer 2012
Reimers Country Gold
Hipster's Guide to Country Music
I ❤ Good Country Music
The Americana List
FIP - Eclectisme
Americana Vibes V
Americana Vibes IV
Americana Vibes II
Dödscountry och dylikt
A Day of Folk
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