Listen to the never-before-heard track “All I Need,” recorded in 1973

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Townes Van Zandt has a multitude of records that are available for purchase but with the newly released version of sky blue it makes for an exciting a fresh offer from the guys over at Fat Possum Records. This album contains a new collection of previously unreleased recordings from singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt. Sky Blue collects early drafts of songs like “Pancho and Lefty” and “Rex’s Blues,” recorded with Bill Hedgepeth in 1973. It also features two songs that have never been heard before—“Sky Blue” and “All I Need”—and covers of songs by Richard Dobson and Tom Paxton.

Songwriting, at its best, comes to mind when Townes is mentioned which seems to be a combination of raw talent, experience and the ability to communicate the american language. The late Townes Van Zandt seemed to have learned valuable lessons through out his tenure on delivery and the economy of language which can definitely be seen in his music which highlights songs that were always sparse, streamlined and spare. Now, to mark the occasion of his 75th birthday, we’re able to hear some of his best work at its most bare-boned on a new release, Sky Blue by TVZ/Fat Possum.

Sky Blue arrived on the shelves March 7th.
There are two options for purchase. One is the original release and the other is an exclusive colored vinyl.


Sky Blue:

01 All I Need
02 Rex’s Blues
03 Hills of Roane County
04 Sky Blue
05 Forever for Always For Certain
06 Blue Ridge Mountain Blues (Smoky Version)
07 Pancho and Lefty
08 Snake Song
09 Silver Ships of Andilar
10 Dream Spider
11 The Last Thing on My Mind

Read Pitchfork’s feature “The Story of Outlaw Country in 33 Songs.”

Also be sure to check out some of the other great albums from Townes available here.