Poet:tribute To Townes Van Zandt CD (2009)

Artist: Various

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Label FAT Possum/red
SKU 211247189
UPC 767981117423
UPC 14 00767981117423
Format CD
Release Date 7/7/2009
Author Various
Technical Info
Producer Gregg Humphrey; Eric Paul; Freddy Fletcher; Gary Nicholson; Ray Kennedy; Michael Timmons; Gurf Morlix; Jonell Mosser; Lucinda Williams; Owsley Manier; Steve Earle; Twangtrust
CatalogID 1174
Lable Name Fat Possum
Released 08/26/2013
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 65m : 17s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 07679811174236
Album Notes and Credits
Includes liner notes by Susanna Clark.
POET: A TRIBUTE TO TOWNES VAN ZANDT was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. "Marie" was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.
Tributee: Townes Van Zandt.
POET: A TRIBUTE TO TOWNES VAN ZANDT features sensitive, true-to-the-artist treatments of Van Zant's better-known poetic masterpieces as well as a few rare gems. His hits "Poncho and Lefty," sung slowly and deliberately by Delbert Mc Clinton, and "To Live Is to Fly," soulfully reworked by long-time friend Guy Clark, are here. The lesser-known "Nothin'," off Van Zandt's 1971 DELTA MAMA BLUES, is given a blues-soaked, tortured reading by Lucinda Williams, and "Our Mother the Mountain," off his acclaimed sophomore breakthrough, MY PROUD MOUNTAIN, is done with true Van Zandt understatement by his son JT. Like that of any gifted songwriter, the artist's work fares well in interpretation, but it's hard to beat his own somber, grief-inflected versions. These attempts, by some of the best in the business (Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, and Steve Earle among them), hold up, in part because they stay so close to the artist's own arrangements.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (9/27/01, pp.68-9) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...POET has the feel of a gang of old friends passing around an acoustic guitar and a bottle of Van Zandt's preferred libation..."
Spin (11/01, p.136) - 7 out of 10 - "...Van Zandt wrote songs for others to sing...as though he's waiting for a more sentimental type to soften his hard truths with a sweeter voice. That frees the performers here to flesh out his words..."
Q (8/02, p.136) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A truly stellar cast bring their varying styles to bear on 15 songs..."
No Depression (9-10/01, pp.128-9) - "...Van Zandt's songs almost invariably bring out the best qualities in the artists who perform them..."
Disc 1
1 Marie
2 Tower Song
3 My Proud Mountains
4 To Live is To Fly
5 White Freightliner Blues
6 Pancho & Lefty
7 Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold
8 Nothin'
9 If I Needed You
10 Song For, A
11 Snake Song
12 Blue Wind Blew
13 Loretta
14 Waitin' Around To Die
15 Highway Kind
16 Two Girls

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