Saturday, May 2, 2009

This is Music

I just want to quickly say that on May 28th Steve Earle will be kicking off his new Townes van Zandt tribute tour at the Portsmouth City Music Hall. I know that none of you have probably never heard of Earle or van Zandt so I’ll fill you in. Townes van Zandt, who battled depression, alcoholism and drug addictions throughout his life, is considered to be one of the greatest American folk and blues singers. Van Zandt, who passed away in 1997, was often called  "a songwriter's songwriter" with artists like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Robert Plant citing him as source of inspiration. Earle was a very close friend of van Zandt and his tribute album “Townes” is set to be released on May 12th. The 15-song album features a guest appearance of Tom Morello, formerly of Rage Against the Machine. I'm sure this will be an extremely intimate show in the Music Hall. I highly recommend it to any locals who really enjoy music and the art of songwriting.  

Townes van Zandt plays "Pancho and Lefty."

Steve Earle "Tennessee Blues" 

Stay classy, not UMassy.

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