Sunday, November 6, 2011
Steve Earle "Townes" (2009)
Steve Earle has probably done more to promote Townes Van Zandt's album sales than any of his record labels. It's only natural that sooner or later Earle would get around to recording a full length tribute to his good friend.
For a songwriter less prolific than Earle, the suspicion would be that he had hit some sort of fallow patch, & was using the tribute as a stopgap to cover his lack of productivity. For Earle, it just feels like "oh yeah, I've finally got time to put this together"....
Earle does a great job, the songs fit inside the context of his own catalog, yet still seem true to Townes' originals.