Though less influential than Hank Sr., Townes Van Zandt was no less innovative in his songs and Country/folk/Americana sound and destructive in his lifestyle. As one reader commented on my tweet for my Hank Sr. post “New Year’s is tough on song writers. The best ones anyway.” Indeed.
In the same vein of tribute I will post some of the best Townes Van Zandt covers I can find.
The Be Good Tanyas – Waiting Around to Die
Tindersticks – Kathleen
The Pyles – If I Needed You
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant – Nothin’
Tom Russell – Snowin’ on Ration
Jimmie Dale Gilmore – Buckskin Stallion Blues
Guy Clark – To Live Is To Fly
Steve Earle – Colorado Girl
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard – Pancho and Lefty. Certainly not the best version, but the most recognizable and profitable version. Look for a cameo by Townes in the bar scene.
Emmylou Harris – Pancho and Lefty