Songs of Townes Van Zandt, vol. II

by John Baizley / Nate Hall / Mike Scheidt

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Jesse David Young edit:. This was meant for Volume 1 but stands equally for this album. I feel like Neurot is doing a service to American music in much the same way Blue Note and others have with jazz, r&b, and blues. This is fantastic stuff that might have been forgotten.

One of those albums that slips under the radar. I have been a fan of most of the artists on here for a long time, but never made the effort to listen.

So I spent a day cooking and drinking, listening as I did so. I knew Van Zandt had some brilliant music and ideas, but this album brings it to an unfamiliar audience in such an intimate way that I can only kick myself for not listening earlier.

Do not be a fool like me. Check this out. Favorite track: St. John The Gambler.
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Songs of Townes Van Zandt Vol II contains 9 more songs in honor of the late American folk music hero. This follow-up to the first volume features covers by Mike Scheidt (YOB, VHOL), Nate Hall (USX), John Baizley (Baroness), and contributing artist Katie Jones, Stevie Floyd (Dark Castle, Taurus), and Dorthia Cotrell (Windhand).

Townes Van Zandt never reached significant fame during his lifetime. Although highly respected by his peers and other songwriters, the mood and atmosphere of his music, coupled with his sometimes dark and sarcastic nature, was not suitable for the commercial country-industry of Nashville. Van Zandt’s songs did, however, reach popularity in his day through other artists; within his circle of outsider singer-songwriters, he was adored, though ultimately depression and alcoholism overshadowed his life. Van Zandt passed away in 1997, and the fact that artists as diverse as Robert Plant, Mudhoney, Norah Jones, Lyle Lovett and Bob Dylan have kept his songs alive and vital is a testament to the influence and impact of his music.

We bring forward now Neurot's second installment of homage to this great artist— following 2012's Songs of Townes Van Zandt from Saint Vitus/The Obsessed's Scott "Wino" Weinrich and Neurosis' Steve Von Till and Scott Kelly.

Praise to the great Townes Van Zandt, and his brokenhearted love songs and gloom-ridden tales, now emerges through John Baizley (Baroness), Nate Hall (USX) and Mike Scheidt (YOB), in another beautifully dark tribute: Songs of Townes Van Zandt Vol. II.

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released March 4, 2014

All Words and Music by Townes Van Zandt
Mastered By Bob Katz at Digital Domain

Tracks 1, 4, & 7 performed by Mike Scheidt (Yob)
Recorded and Mixed by Tad Doyle at Witch Ape Studio

Tracks 2, 5, & 8 performed by Nate Hall (USX)
Recorded by Travis Kammayer.
Meg Mulhearn performs violin on "Pancho & Lefty"
Stevie Floyd performs vocals on "Waitin' Around To Die"
Dorthia Cottrell performs backing vocals on "Our Mother The Mountain"

Tracks 3, 6, & 9 performed by John Baizley & Katie Jones
Recorded, Engineered, Mixed & Produced by John Baizley

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