USA, 1970, singer-songwriter / country

Townes Van ZandtDelta Momma Blues: I first learned about Townes on a super toxic music forum filled with badly-behaved children and shit-slinging monkeys. But this one metalhead, who just happened to be the ringleader of miscreants and ne’er-do-wells, mentioned how much he loved Townes Van Zandt. I was intrigued that a metalhead would be a fan of country music, so I decided to check out Townes. I’m glad I did. He’s more singer/songwriter than country, which is probably why he’s got more music nerd fans than just straight country singers. Also he’s part of that Outlaw Country scene back in the day—part of it, but kind of parallel to it, too. Townes just did his own thing, and his thing is sweet in its sadness. Dude was a drug addict and alcoholic, and he died on New Year’s Day, just like Hank Williams.

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