The Saddest Songs in History: Townes Van Zandt’s Marie

Townes Van Zandt’s Marie from his album, No Deeper Blue Marie is one of the most harrowing but touching songs ever written; if you’re not affected in some way by this tune upon hearing it, then you have no soul!  I’m kind of joking (but not much…) No other songwriter brings out emotions the way Townes do, and that’s why his songs stand the …

Steve Earle plays Bob Dylan

Steve Earle: “Was Townes Van Zandt Better Than Bob Dylan? …I’m kinda famous for something I said…I was asked for a sticker for a Townes record that came out in the 80s, I said, Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the world and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy-boots and say that.  … It …

March 5: Steve Earle – Guitar Town (1986)

The first two things I wrote were Guitar Town and Down the Road, because I was looking for an opening and an ending.  So I wrote ’em like bookends, and then filled in the spaces in the middle.  And the album’s kind of about me.  It’s kind of personal. ~Steve Earle (to Alanna Nash – May 1986) Guitar Town was …

Feb 28: Steve Earle released Train a Comin in 1995

“This ain’t no part of no unplugged nothin — God, I hate MTV” ~Steve Earle (Liner notes) I got to thinking,…if I don’t make this record now, I won’t get the chance to make it. .. I’m singing the best I’ve sung in years. Mainly [because of] no dope. Heroin relaxes your vocal cords, it lowers the top of your range …

Feb 28: Van Morrison released the album Moondance in 1970

In Moondance, Morrison bursts forth in warm Technicolor. The Van Morrison that the public would come to know and recognize over the decades—Van the Man, the Belfast Cowboy, etc—essentially makes his first appearance on Moondance. ~Erik Hage This is Van Morrison’s 6th Symphony; like Beethoven’s equivalent, it’s fixated on the power of nature, but rather than merely sitting in awe, …

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