Townes Van Zandt has rightfully achieved the status of legend within american songwriting after his death at the age of just 52 in 1997.
The utæmmelige troubadour would have turned 75 on Thursday, and to mark the occasion launched a series of his previously released demoindspilninger from 1973, where he had just issued six more or less fabulous album in just four years.
But there were more painful songs in outsiderens guitarkasse.
the title Track of ’Sky Blue’ and ’All I Need’ has never been out before in any form, and they are both splendid in the Van Zandts characteristic, melancholy style.
Texaneren performs solo, and optagelsernes great reverb underpinning the almost unbearable loneliness in his music. He had a special ability to sound like the universe's last melankoliker.
Spillemandens most well-known number, ’Pancho & Lefty’, he provides in an elastic version that works inspired by his bluesforbillede, Lightnin’ Hopkins.
Van Zandt was poetic as Bob Dylan and deep as Hank Williams, but he also had a toxic side. It rears its ugly face forward on the ’Snake Song’.
He was probably bitter about, he never saw, to get the acclaim that his undoubted talent deserved. However, it was not conducive to Van Zandts music, and he sounds hungry and tortured in the ’Sky Blue’.
He was the real deal. Served here he raw.
the Cover of the Townes Van Zandts posthumous 'Sky Blue', which contains 11 songs and has a playing time of 33 minutes.