January 18, 2009

Steve Earle covers Townes Van Zandt


In a Rolling Stone article published last week, Steve Earle talked about his relationship with the late singer-songwriter iconoclast Townes Van Zandt, and revealed that he’s currently putting the finishing touches on an entire album of Townes covers.

To get you thinkin’ in that direction, here are some live versions Earle has done of songs either written or performed by Townes the years.

Rex Blues
Tom Dooley
Brand New Companion
No Deal
Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold
White Freightliner


BONUS UNRELATED COVER because it sounded good:
Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (Waylon Jennings) – Steve Earle

BONUS MOVIE: You can still be here to love Townes Van Zandt:



  • Some great TVZ covers there, but “Tom Dooley” is a traditional US folk song (about 150 years old), with which the Kingston Trio had a US No. 1 hit back in 1958.

    I remember seeing Steve play this in a live set at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree a few years back and he pointed out that his version was closer to the original, which is a slow ballad, compared to the uptempo version that the Kingston trio did.

    Anyhow – thanks for some great covers, especially the one of Waylon Jennings, who visited Steve when he was in jail.

    Lynchie from Aberdeen — January 19, 2009 @ 7:49 am

  • crazy thing is that i just saw steve earle on the hbo series, the wire…crazy…

    julio — January 21, 2009 @ 10:52 pm

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