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Nils Hansson: Townes Van Zandt has just gotten bigger after his death

The closest I came to see Townes Van Zandt was at the Roskilde festival in 1992, he was last on the poster and was placed on a small sidoscen outside of the usual festivalschemat. Already the first evening also, so before I could decide how it was to had he played, but I ran in all cases of a friend who managed to see him.

Such was his position in the 90's; a secret for the initiated, a veteran who toured in the dark, without a backing band, and gave out records with long intervals. But who was revered more than most of their låtskrivarkolleger. He never got a hit myself, but artists like Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard had it with his songs.

different. It is not possible to take an interest in americana without encountering Townes Van Zandt, his songs are classics that everyone sings – not least the rekorddystra the signature ”Waitin’ around to die” – and the more discs were released after his death in 1997 than before.

Yet it is not many new titles that have come out posthumously, most of which have been live recordings, demos, or any studiosession which was never a disc. The actual songs has with few exceptions been familiar.

Just in time for his sjuttiofemårsdag is now even a bunch of songs under the name ”Sky blue” (TVZ/Border), recorded in a friend's home studio in the beginning of 1973 – which is also just when skivkarriären start hack. Until 1972, he has released six albums in five years, during the following twenty-five years, there should only be three.

he does not know it, he just sits down with a few new songs, some already recorded and a few covers. Straight up and down, mostly just his simple but powered guitar and the rugged, laconic voice.

Two is never released until now. ”All I need” opens with the lines ”Tried everything to set me free/but my chains keep playing tricks on me”. It is the more cheerful of them, ”Sky blue” seems to be about death.

Both are trifles, let be the high-quality ones. But the best part is that it's so obvious now, there is a market for them.

Read more musiktexter of Nils Hansson , for example, if the Mercury was Demolished in the remake of Bobbie Gentrys classic ”The Delta sweetened” .

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