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Track Listing:
1. Pancho and Lefty
2. White Freightliner Blues
3. Colorado Girl
4. Where I Lead Me
5. Lungs
6. No Place To Fall
7. Loretta
8. Brand New Companion
9. Rake
10. Delta Momma Blues
11. Marie
12. Don t Take It Too Bad
13. Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold
14. (Quicksilver Daydreams of) Maria
15. To Live Is To Fly
Steve Earle first met Townes Van Zandt in 1972 at The Old Quarter in the latterΓΓé¼Γäós hometown of Houston. Van Zandt had been shouting for the aspiring folkie to perform ΓΓé¼┼ôWabash Cannonball,ΓΓé¼┬¥ but was silenced once Earle unveiled an astounding rendition of the heckling singer-songwriterΓΓé¼Γäós fast-paced ΓΓé¼┼ôMr. Mudd and Mr. Gold.ΓΓé¼┬¥ The song is one of 15 Van Zandt tracks Earle interprets on this heartfelt tribute album to his deceased mentor, a years-in-the-making project that puts him back on course after 2007ΓΓé¼▓s underwhelming Washington Square Serenade.
True to the honoreeΓΓé¼Γäós storytelling brilliance, Earle infuses the material with narrative conviction and colorful personality. The record alternates between slow and midtempo numbers, achieving a literary rhythm that helps lure listeners into the painful worlds of cowboy outlaws, broken lovers, and hopeful drifters. Earle adds very little embellishment to the originals, choosing instead to perform versions faithful to the way he remembered Van Zandt played them in concert. The results occasionally teeter on being too safe, yet such occasions are rare.
Sonically, this is a primarily minimalist affair on which finger-picked notes, scraped strings, and shuffling chords resonate with raw grit and unvarnished emotion. All but four of the tracks were recorded by Earle at his Greenwich Village apartment accompanied by just his gravelly voice and acoustic guitar; bass and drums came later, in Nashville. A few takes-the loose ΓΓé¼┼ôWhite Freightliner Blues,ΓΓé¼┬¥ lighthearted ΓΓé¼┼ôDelta Momma Blues,ΓΓé¼┬¥ and spare ΓΓé¼┼ôDonΓΓé¼Γäót Take It Too BadΓΓé¼┬¥-receive bluegrass treatments and benefit from the addition of a full band. Throughout, though, itΓΓé¼Γäós EarleΓΓé¼Γäós show. He alone captures the spectrum of Van ZandtΓΓé¼Γäós complex persona and contrasting moods. Rooted in country, songs encompass everything from barn-dance jigs to stark meditations.
steve_earle08331Echoing with EarleΓΓé¼Γäós thick drawl, ΓΓé¼┼ôLorettaΓΓé¼┬¥ unfolds as a drinking song that could break out at a momentΓΓé¼Γäós notice in any hole-in-the-wall bar. As humid as a dripping-wet summer day in Houston, ΓΓé¼┼ôBrand New CompanionΓΓé¼┬¥ gives way to a jaunty harmonica solo that evokes age-old border music. ΓΓé¼┼ôWhere I Lead MeΓΓé¼┬¥ clangs and rattles, Earle riding percussive ripples out to a promise land of rural pastures. The outspoken vocalist sounds even more at home on lonely ballads.
ΓΓé¼┼ôRakeΓΓé¼┬¥ emerges from cruel shadows only to be reluctantly pulled ahead by climactic strings. Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello lends his otherworldly tones and controlled chaos to the haunting ΓΓé¼┼ôLungs,ΓΓé¼┬¥ which is sung through a haze of distortion. ΓΓé¼┼ôNo Place to FallΓΓé¼┬¥ doubles as a gospel plea. And the somber ΓΓé¼┼ôColorado GirlΓΓé¼┬¥ strips emotions bare, with Earle wholly invested in the magnitude and meaning of sacrifice.
ΓΓé¼┼ôShake the dust out of your wings/And the sleep out of your eyes,ΓΓé¼┬¥ encourages the singer on the gorgeous ΓΓé¼┼ôTo Live Is To Fly,ΓΓé¼┬¥ ending the set on a high. In the process, he leaves the listener wanting more. And itΓΓé¼Γäós this subtle maneuver-EarleΓΓé¼Γäós gentle spurring of new generations to discover Van ZandtΓΓé¼Γäós legacy-that is TownesΓΓé¼Γäó greatest achievement.
LP lovers take note, Kevin Gray at RTI did an excellent job of mastering this record.Pressed on two 180g.LPΓΓé¼Γäós for maximum dynamic range, it has a big, open sound and the surfaces are very quiet. 
01 Pancho And Lefty.m4a 7.946 MB
02 White Freightliner Blues.m4a 6.86 MB
03 Colorado Girl.m4a 7.053 MB
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