Texas Music

Covering Townes Van Zandt Can Be a Tricky Proposition

Not all that long ago, Rocks Off saw some comment on a Facebook thread where a guy claiming to be a poet said he didn't think Townes van Zandt was the great poet/lyricist so many seem to think. His complaint: he felt like in every Townes song there was some flaw, some line that shouldn't have been added or should have been tweaked.

Steve Earle, no piker as a lyricist himself, cut an entire album of van Zandt songs two years back. The often hyperbolic Mr. Earle once declared he would jump up on Bob Dylan's coffee table and proclaim that Townes was a better songwriter than Mr. Zimmerman.