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    Steve Earle is set to release Townes, his highly anticipated follow up to the Grammy Award winning album Washington Square Serenade. The 15-song set is
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 1, 2009
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      Steve Earle is set to release Townes, his highly anticipated follow up
      to the Grammy Award winning album Washington Square Serenade. The
      15-song set is comprised of songs written by Earle s friend and mentor,
      the late singer-songwriter, Townes Van Zandt. Townes will also be
      available as a deluxe two-CD set, as well as double Limited Edition 180
      gram vinyl.

      The album was produced by Earle at his home in Greenwich Village, at
      Sound Emporium and Room and Board in Nashville, TN and The Nest in
      Hollywood, CA. The track Lungs, was produced and mixed by the Dust
      Brothers John King and features Tom Morello of Rage Against the
      Machine/The Nightwatchman on electric guitar. Earle s wife, the
      acclaimed singer-songwriter Allison Moorer, is featured on backing
      vocals on Loretta and To Live Is To Fly. Three songs cut in Nashville,
      White Freightliner Blues, Delta Momma Blues, and Don t Take It Too Bad
      feature a bluegrass band consisting of Dennis Crouch, Tim O Brien,
      Darrel Scott and Shad Cobb.

      Earle met Townes Van Zandt in 1972 at one of Earle s performances at The
      Old Quarter in Houston, TX. Van Zandt was in the audience and playfully
      heckled Earle throughout the performance to play the song Wabash
      Cannonball Earle admitted that he didn t know how to play the tune and
      Van Zandt replied incredibly You call yourself a folksinger and you don
      t know Wabash Cannonball? Earle then silenced him by playing the Van
      Zandt song Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold, not an easy feat due to its
      quickly-paced mouthful of lyrics squeezed into just over two minutes of
      song. Their bond was immediately formed. On Townes, Earle and his son,
      singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle (named after Van Zandt) trade
      verses on the tune, a song the two of them have been playing together
      since Justin was a teenager.

      The songs selected for Townes were the ones that meant the most to Earle
      and the ones he personally connected to (not including selections
      featured on previous Earle albums). Some of the selections chosen were
      songs that Earle has played his entire career ( Pancho and Lefty, Lungs,
      White Freightliner Blues ) and others he had to learn specifically for
      recording. He learned the song (Quicksilver Daydreams of) Maria directly
      from Van Zandt, and taught himself Marie and Rake specifically for the
      album s recording. Once a song he played during his live show, Earle
      relearned Colorado Girl in the original Open D tuning that Van Zandt
      played it in. Earle recorded the New York sessions solo and then added
      the other instruments later on in order to preserve the spirit of Van
      Zandt s original solo performances to the best of his recollection.


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