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Friday, March 7, 2014

Townes at Seventy

One of America's greatest, if still not very well known--even after he closed last week's "True Detective"--songwriters ever was born  on this date back in 1944, Townes Van Zandt.  Here he is, voice failing in his hotel room, doing one of his best, "Nothin'."  And below that, perhaps his greatest (tied with another dozen), "High, Low and In-Between." And finally, my favorite cover, Lyle Lovett doing "Flying Shoes" (which he also did at Townes' funeral in 1997).  Had the pleasure of meeting Townes' two sons at a NYC tribute a few years back.  Oldest son recalled that, yes, when I was at Crawdaddy in the 1970s we were among the few to highlight his albums.

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