Though less influential than Hank Sr.,Â 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 â€œNew Year’s is tough on song writers. The best ones anyway.â€ 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 Bluesï»¿
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