A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt (North by Robert Earl Hardy

By Robert Earl Hardy

This can be the 1st severe biography of a guy broadly certainly one of Texas'?and America's?greatest songwriters. Like Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt was once the embodiment of that mythic American determine, the troubadour. A Deeper Blue strains Van Zandt's heritage because the scion of a in demand Texas family members; his afflicted early years and his transformation from promising pre?law scholar to wandering folks singer; his lifestyles at the street and the demons that pursued and have been pursued by means of him; the ladies who enjoyed and encouraged him; and the brilliance and enduring fantastic thing about his songs,which are explored intensive. the writer attracts on 8 years' broad learn and interviews with Townes' relations and closest neighbors and associates. He seems past the legend and paints a colourful portrait of a fancy guy who embraced the darkness of demons and fantasy in addition to the sunshine of deep compassion and humanity, all "for the sake of the song."

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He also continued to seek out records to feed his growing interest in music, and he continued to practice the guitar. By the late fifties, the guitar was becoming a very popular instrument with young people all over the country. By 1958, more guitars were being sold in the United States than ever before; the Kingston Trio sold four million copies of their recording of the old folk standard “Tom Dooley”; and the new folk boom—the “folk scare,” as some remember it—reached its first early peak. A young University of Minnesota student whose family name was Zimmerman began performing at a coffeehouse in Minneapolis that year, billing himself for the first time as Bob Dylan.

And then we got into the lyrics. One of the first songs off that album that Townes learned was “One Too Many Mornings”; he played that a lot. ” He latched onto that like it was an old friend. “In my time of dying, I don’t want nobody to mourn …”. And “Gospel Plow,” that was another favorite of his. He had started to write some of his stuff by then too. He’d write down lyrics frequently, but it was really more of a collegiate type of thing. ” Of the songs that Van Zandt continued to play throughout his life, his most “collegiate” song was “Fraternity Blues,” a funny talking blues piece which is one of Van Zandt’s oldest surviving compositions.

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