By Robert Earl Hardy
This is often the 1st critical biography of a guy greatly one in all 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 stricken troubadour. A Deeper Blue lines Van Zandt's heritage because the scion of a widespread Texas relatives; his early years and his transformation from promising pre?law pupil to wandering people singer; his existence at the street and the demons that pursued and have been pursued via him; the ladies who enjoyed and encouraged him; and the brilliance and enduring great thing about his songs,which are explored intensive. the writer attracts on 8 years' large learn and interviews with Townes' kinfolk and closest neighbors and associates. He appears past the legend and paints a colourful portrait of a posh guy who embraced the darkness of demons and fable in addition to the sunshine of deep compassion and humanity, all "for the sake of the song."
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He wanted to please the family, but he also wanted to stay true to himself. ” Fran makes clear, as do Townes’ siblings, that it wasn’t that the family was putting explicit pressure on Townes to pursue any particular course. “He just felt the implicit expectation,” Fran says. ” Bill Van Zandt also says he never felt that kind of pressure from the family. He recalls that their father “would encourage us to find our own way. I got the feeling that Townes put some pressure on himself, like he wasn’t living up to expectations in certain areas.
Townes heard us once and walked in with his guitar. ” He would play some Where I Lead Me 29 stuff on the guitar, and I would sort of pick it up on the bongos, and it worked. I remember a staple for us was “I Got A Woman,” things like that. It was the early sixties, and there was some R&B ﬂoating around. And there was a Johnny Cash album freshly out called Ride This Train, and Townes covered a few things from that. …22 In between songs he didn’t want to talk much, he just would sort of look down at his guitar and try to work through the changes.
He had the ability to do many things. And it happens that forgery was one of those things. So Tom forged a letter to the dean, from Mr. and Mrs. Van Zandt, saying that it was okay for Townes to drop out of school for the semester. He was just trying to get his parents off his back, and he just wanted to play guitar. ” Townes withdrew from school on March 6, the day before his twentieth birthday. He was away from school for two weeks, having hitchhiked to Oklahoma and back, and somehow his family got wind of his absence.
A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt (North Texas Lives of Musicians) by Robert Earl Hardy