Townes Van Zandt

The Highway Kind

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Judging by the number of live albums credited to him, Townes Van Zandt must have lived his life on the road. Or perhaps he simply recorded every show he did, just in case, always ready to make Alan Lomax proud. Nevertheless, another result of this steadfast dedication to documentation is The Highway Kind. Again, Van Zandt wanders through honky tonks and cowboy bars across America and Europe, band in tow, heart on sleeve. This collection of tunes is comprised of a mixed bag of originals and covers, all with that ever-present common thread of lonesomeness figuring prominently, in one fashion or another. It's yet another piece of the musical landscape that was Van Zandt's life, work, and talent. And luckily there are so many.

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