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The death of Townes Van Zandt in 1997 at the age of only fifty-two robbed the world of a troubled genius as well as one of America’s finest singer-songwriters. Whilst never a ‘best seller’, his reputation and popularity has grown greater by the year, inspiring books, a documentary and renewed interest from the media, passionately loyal fans and contemporaries such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Emmylou Harris, who covered his songs to the upper reaches of the American charts.

In 1974, Townes Van Zandt recorded what would have been his seventh album, Seven Come Eleven. Business issues prevented its release until the recordings surfaced two decades later as The Nashville Sessions. To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of Van Zandt’s turbulent musical career, and launch of a major catalogue reissue programme, Charly has restored and re-mastered The Nashville Sessions to present a stunning document of the folk-blues mater at his absolute peak.

• Restored and digitally re-mastered from producer and manager Kevin Eggers’ original tapes

• Deluxe gatefold sleevepac features original Milton Glaser portrait cover and new artwork

• 12-page fully illustrated CD booklet

• Detailed sleeve notes by Uncut magazine journalist Rob Hughes

• Part of Charly Records Townes Van Zandt 50th anniversary reissue programme

• All original Poppy and Tomato albums recorded at the peak of Van Zandt’s career will be newly re-mastered, restored and lavishly repackaged

At My Window / Rex’s Blues / No Place To Fall / Buckskin Stallion Blues / White Freight Liner Blues / Snake Song / Loretta / Two Girls / Spider Song / When She Don’t Need Me / Pueblo Waltz / Upon My Soul

Kimmie Rhodes – Covers – Ireland Tour October 2013

Kimmie Rhodes - 'Covers' - album artwork (300dpi)

Kimmie Rhodes puts her gorgeous voice to work on an album of ‘Covers’ covering an array of artists and tracks from the the great and the good of legendary songsmiths both past and present, in a first and a departure from writing and recording primarily her own material the album marks Kimmie’s return to the studio following the passing of her long-time partner and collaborator Joe Gracey in 2011.

The album includes a trio of collaborations, one with Rodney Crowell singing his song Adam’s Song, another with Marcia Ball on the Mark Knopfler penned Cannibals and the third with Delbert McClinton on a Jimmy Reed song Shame Shame Shame, Kimmie has a series of dates lined-up in Ireland during October and is accompanied by Gabe Rhodes & multi-instrumentalist Ruth Trimble for the gigs.

Full track-listing.

1. Bluebird (L. Russell, C. Buzz)
2. Yesterday (Lennon, McCartney)
3. Moonlight Mile (Jagger, Richards)
4. White Freight Liner (T. Van Zandt)
5. Georgia Lee (T. Waits, K. Brennan)
6. Everything Is Broken (B. Dylan)
7. Birds (N. Young)
Kimmie Rhodes – Birds
8. Stuck In A Moment (Bono)
9. Adam’s Song (R. Crowell)
Duet with Rodney Crowell
10. Don’t Think Twice (B. Dylan)
11. Southern Accents (T. Petty)
12. Shame Shame Shame (J. Reed)
Duet with Delbert McClinton
13. Cannibals (M. Knopfler)
Duet with Marcia Ball
Kimmie Rhodes – Cannibals
14. What A Wonderful World (Thiele, Weiss)
15. Little Help From My Friends (Lennon, McCartney)

Kimmie Rhodes · October 2013 Ireland Tour
Saturday 12 Ballybofey, Co. Donegal, Ire. Balor Arts Centre
Sunday 13 Rathfriland, Co. Down, N. Ire. The Brontë Centre
Wednesday 16 Limavady, Co. Londonderry, N. Ire. Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre
Thursday 17 Belfast The Black Box
Friday 18 Omagh Strule Arts Centre
Saturday 19 Naul, Co. Dublin Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre

Kimmie Rhodes (2013 - B&W #1 - photo by Gray Hawn)

Townes Van Zandt – Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions & Demos 1971-1972

Townes Van Zandt must be one of the most covered artists in the world of Americana and over the last few years the subject of a number of tribute albums, now there’s a new album on the horizon that’s out in February next year which features previously unreleased versions and demos of the great mans music.

The double CD release includes work from the High, Low & In Between and The Late Great Townes Van Zandt albums – one disc disc featuring outtakes and alternate takes of tracks from album sessions and the second a set of solo demos. Very much looking forward to this one.

Pre-order at Omnivore Recordings.

CD1 : Studio Sessions
T for Texas
Who Do You Love
Sunshine Boy
Where I Lead Me
Blue Ridge Mountains
No Deal
Pancho & Lefty
(Alternate 1972 mix without strings and horns)
To Live is to Fly
You Are Not Needed Now
Don’t Take it Too Bad
Sad Cinderella
Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold
White Freight Liner Blues
Two Hands
Dead Flowers

CD2: Demos
Heavenly Houseboat Blues
Diamond Heel Blues
To Live is to Fly
Tower Song
You Are Not Needed Now
Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold
Highway Kind
Greensboro Woman
When He Offers His Hand
Dead Flowers
Old Paint

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Peter Bruntnell – Ringo Woz Ere

Seems ages since I’ve had the pleasure of catching a Peter Bruntnell live performance,  so I’ll have to make do with his recorded output and the good news is there’s a new album out following on from last years excellent Black Mountain UFO you can pick up the CD Ringo Woz Ere direct from the man himself here.

The usual high standard expected of Mr Bruntnell is maintained, there are seven tracks co-written with Bill Ritchie including two great reworked versions of tracks that appeared on Black Mountain UFO , Maryanne and Looking for Allison (with James Walbourne playing twelve string and bottle neck guitar) there’s one other Bruntnell original and a great selection of covers including my favourite on the album the wonderful Going Back (Gerry Goffin and Carole King),  love the way it fades towards a close then opens back out again (beats The Byrds version hands down).

Reaching back to the 60’s again there’s a take on The Beatles (George Harrison) Think For Yourself  from the classic Rubber Soul album and on the subject to classic albums Bruntnell picks a track from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars Five Years to close the album, add in Second Lovers Song from the legend that is Townes van Zandt and you have a wonderful mix of the borrowed, old and new.

London Clay by Peter Bruntnell

Peter Bruntnell – Going Back by BeatSurrender

In case you missed it here’s the session with Bob Harris from earlier this year.

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