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Steve Earle

Jim and Greg are joined this week by musician Steve Earle. Earle was a guest on Sound Opinions last year. This time around it's not his own music he wants to talk about, but rather that of friend and mentor Townes Van Zandt. Earle recently released an album of Townes Van Zandt songs called Townes. He believes that the Texan ranks up there with the best American songwriters. He wrote what he knew, and for the most part, that was himself. Earle blames alcohol for his mentor's demise, and hopes this album exposes that great catalog of songs to more people.

A lot of people have heard of Townes Van Zandt, but not as many have actually heard him. Following their discussion with Steve Earle, Jim and Greg highlight two songs voiced by Townes himself: "Tecumseh Valley," which illustrates the songwriter's tragic, but beautiful melodies, and "Pancho and Lefty," which reevaluates the myth of the West.

Go to episode 185
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“Pancho and Lefty”Townes Van Zandt

After a recent experience seeing Emmylou Harris, Greg was reminded of the songwriting talent of the great Townes Van Zandt. Many, including Ms. Harris, have performed his song "Pancho and Lefty," but it's the Townes original that Greg wants to have with him on the island. The song tells the tale of two men living on the margins of society, and wonders who fares better: Pancho, who is betrayed and left to die, or Lefty, who is left alone "livin in cheap hotels."

Go to episode 384