The late Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt wrote dozens of brilliant songs, their acute imagery delivered in an arid twang. Earle, his foremost disciple, gives…
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Townes

Steve Earle | RETURN TO TOWNES : Steve Earle
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RETURN TO TOWNES: Steve Earle

The late Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt wrote dozens of brilliant songs, their acute imagery delivered in an arid twang. Earle, his foremost disciple, gives 15 favorites the kind of carefully considered settings they deserve, from the chamber-folk of ''Rake'' to the eerie electro-rock of ''Lungs.'' The songs of Townes are the real stars, evidence that Van Zandt deserves to be known for a lot more than writing leadoff track ''Pancho and Lefty'' — which, by the way, is pretty great, too. A

Download This: Listen to the song Lungs on the artist’s MySpace page

Originally posted May 05, 2009 Published in issue #1047 May 15, 2009 Order article reprints
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