Townes Van Zandt (from the album Sky Blue available on Fat Possum Records)
March 7, 2019 would have been Townes Van Zandt’s 75thbirthday. To mark the event, the world received a gift of unreleased music from the songwriter with the album Sky Blue. While Townes was spending time between Texas, Colorado, and Tennessee in the early 1970’s he would pass in Atlanta, Georgia, stopping at the home, and studio, of friend Bill Hedgepeth (musician, journalist). Sky Blue contains eleven Townes Van Zandt recordings put to tape while passing through and visiting a friend. No crackle of age or dust can be found, the songs on Sky Blue simply turning the next page on past recordings, New songs and early versions of familiar tunes make up the track listing for Sky Blue with a raw “Pancho and Lefty” as well as “Rex’s Blues”.
Two new songs appear on the release as stuttered strums open Sky Blue with “All I Need” while sad notes and hushed string picking cradle the wishes in the title track. Travels are listed with a wandering yodel when Townes Van Zandt performs a Smoky version of “Blue Ridge Mountains” as he delves into the past, delivering “Hills of Roane County”, an 1880’s East Tennessee murder ballad. Sky Blue is a perfect fit into the collected musical works of a master, Townes Van Zandt reminding of his dark humor with the cuts “Dream Spider” and Snake Song” as he exits the album with a cover of Tom Paxton (“Last Thing on My Mind”).
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