By Robert Earl Hardy
This can be the 1st severe biography of a guy commonly one in every of Texas'?and America's?greatest songwriters. Like Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt was once the embodiment of that mythic American determine, the afflicted troubadour. A Deeper Blue strains Van Zandt's history because the scion of a trendy Texas kin; his bothered early years and his transformation from promising pre?law scholar to wandering people singer; his existence at the street and the demons that pursued and have been pursued through him; the ladies who enjoyed and encouraged him; and the brilliance and enduring great thing about his songs,which are explored extensive. the writer attracts on 8 years' large learn and interviews with Townes' relations and closest buddies and associates. He appears to be like past the legend and paints a colourful portrait of a fancy guy who embraced the darkness of demons and fable in addition to the sunshine of deep compassion and humanity, all "for the sake of the song."
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Froker recalls: In fact, one of my roommates that year, he and I played around with the bongos. Townes heard us once and walked in with his guitar. ” He would play some Where I Lead Me 29 stuff on the guitar, and I would sort of pick it up on the bongos, and it worked. I remember a staple for us was “I Got A Woman,” things like that. It was the early sixties, and there was some R&B ﬂoating around. And there was a Johnny Cash album freshly out called Ride This Train, and Townes covered a few things from that.
I had done well in the military, been a floor officer, et cetera. I had been there longer than Townes had been. So I was much more of an institutional kind of boy than Townes. Senior year, we lived in different dorms…. ” Townes had most likely started sniffing glue sometime in his junior year, but as a senior, it became habitual. Glue-sniffing among teenagers in the mid-1960s was not terribly uncommon, especially where alcohol was hard to come by and before marijuana became more widely available.
I won’t get into the party, but he had been sniffing glue. All night. And he had passed out. And suddenly his parents are at the door. I stagger out, and I’m just bewildered. I just can’t believe they’re in town. ’” Harris and Dorothy took Townes back to Houston with them, fearing for his safety. ” Fran recalls that Townes’ father called her from Houston. “He called me in Colorado because he was really feeling like something was seriously wrong with Townes. He said, ‘I don’t want to upset you,’ but he was telling me that they had put Townes in the hospital.