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This posthumous Townes Van Zandt release’s title is a bit of a misnomer in that the tunes aren’t emphasized by Texas tones. Sure, Freddy Fender and Rubin Ramos of Texas Tornados fame help add a little southwest twang in a Latin tinged “Pancho & Lefty,” as does Willie Nelson in a breezy version of “No Lonesome Tune,” but the polished production and conservative arrangements dilute those gritty flavors somewhat. Jerry Jeff Walker helps give “Blue Wind Blew” a fun western swing feel and Doug Sahm’s harmonies on “Two Girls” are tastefully contemporary. The back story of this compilation begins in the 1990s when Townes sought to record 60 songs with various guests for a box set, but the project was shelved following his death in 1997 until 2001, when it came out as a 12-song album. If you listen to Texas Rain remembering that the late great Townes Van Zandt influenced a myriad of notable musicians — some who appear here singing his songs with him — you are in for a true treat. Emmylou Harris chimes in for an uplifting version of “If I Needed You,” and their similarly textured inflections make for one of the best duets of his discography.

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Texas Rain: The Texas Hill Country Recordings

Just started listening to Townes Van Zandt. Enjoy the honest recording of this cd. The duets with the other artists voices blended and made each particular selected piece of music extra special. Definitely will get more Townes Van Zandt's cds. Hope everyone enjoys this cd. Am not a music critic but a music lover.


This is an awesome Album!! Does it get any better then Freddy Fender Singing Pancho and Lefty in spanish. I submit that it cannot. You will not be disappointed.


Born: March 7, 1944 in Fort Worth, TX

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Townes Van Zandt's music doesn't jump up and down, wear fancy clothes, or beat around the bush. Whether he was singing a quiet, introspective country-folk song or a driving, hungry blues, Van Zandt's lyrics and melodies were filled with the kind of haunting truth and beauty that you knew instinctively. His music came straight from his soul by way of a kind heart, an honest mind, and a keen ear for the gentle blend of words and melody. He could bring you down to a place so sad that you felt like you...
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