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By Robert Earl Hardy

this can be the 1st critical biography of a guy generally one 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 well known Texas relations; his afflicted early years and his transformation from promising pre-law pupil to wandering folks singer; his existence at the street and the demons that pursued and have been pursued by means of him; the ladies who enjoyed and encouraged him; and the brilliance and enduring great thing about his songs, that are explored intensive. the writer attracts on 8 years’ wide learn and interviews with Townes’ kinfolk and closest associates and co-workers. He seems to be 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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