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Poet - A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt

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Editors’ Notes

Let's just admit it already. Most tribute albums are solely enjoyed by the people who played on them (and maybe their significant others), and the very thought of covering a collection of songs by the patron saint of melancholy Americana folk music is a pretty ambitious notion. But this one couldn't have been done better. First of all it begins with Townes Van Zant's right-hand man Guy Clark warming up "To Live Is to Fly," with his scratchy signature voice floating over accordion drones, muted drumming, mandolin arpeggios and beautiful Dobro slide guitar. Emmylou Harris turns "Snake Song" into a stripped-down dirge with sparse banjo notes falling around her hushed rasp as haunting guitar notes slowly seep in. John Prine gives "Loretta" a similarly subtle beauty and if Lucinda Williams' shaky and pained version of "Nothin'" doesn't move you even just a little bit, there's a good chance that music may be none of your business. Jimmie Dale Gilmore's endearing warble kicks off the Flatlanders' take on "Blue Wind Blew," but it's Willie Nelson's heartbreaking version of "Marie" that conjures the essence of Townes Van Zant's tortured musical soul.

Customer Reviews

Finally Rereleased!

This album is a must have for any Townes fan, Willie was nominated for a grammy for his vocal performance, John Prine's version of Loretta is fantastic. The line up is unbelievable & the true gems are often the lesser know artists. $9.99 for 16 tracks? Your a fool if your still reading this review without already hitting the purchase button. Enjoy!

TVZ Records - Here's to Rocky Hill - RIP

Rocky Hill's version of "Waitin' Around to Die" included on this re-release for the first time ever, was recorded in 1977. Townes used to say how much he loved Rocky's cover of that song and that it was a shame that nobody would ever get to hear it. When we (Townes' family / TVZ Records) acquired POET it was a once in a lifetime chance to rectify that. Although Pat Haney had done a fine job on the original release, we decided to use Rocky's track instead. Well, I just learned that Rocky passed away the day POET went up for download. I was waiting for the hard copies to come to send to him, so he never saw it. Rocky Hill was an extraordinary electric guitar player and Blues singer. It runs in the family as his brother is Dusty Hill of ZZ Top. He was a Wild Man and a Great, Dear Friend to Townes, me and the kids. You should give him a listen. He will be missed. Jeanene Van Zandt CEO TVZ Records

Poet - A Tribute To Townes Van Zandt

Very enjoyable mix of artists. Willie's version of Marie is incredible. Hearing John VTZ really takes me back...Very glad I made the purchase.

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