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Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt [2009 Reissue]

  • 1. Marie - Willie Nelson
    2. Tower Song - Nanci Griffith
    3. My Proud Mountains - John T. Van Zandt
    4. To Live Is to Fly - Guy Clark
    5. White Freightliner Blues - Billy Joe Shaver
    6. Pancho & Lefty - Delbert McClinton
    7. Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold - Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
    8. Nothin' - Lucinda Williams
    9. If I Needed You - Ray Benson
    10. Song For, A - Jonell Mosser
    11. Snake Song - Emmylou Harris
    12. Blue Wind Blew - The Flatlanders
    13. Loretta - John Prine
    14. Waitin' Around to Die - Rocky Hill
    15. Highway Kind - Cowboy Junkies
    16. Two Girls - Steve Earle & the Dukes
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1174

  • Credits
    ProducerGregg Humphrey; Eric Paul; Freddy Fletcher; Gary Nicholson; Ray Kennedy; Michael Timmons; Gurf Morlix; Jonell Mosser; Lucinda Williams; Owsley Manier; Steve Earle; Twangtrust

    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.

  • Critic 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 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..."
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