Some Townes & Willie To Tide You Over

As I wait for the landlord to come over and take care of a few minor business matters, I’m a little distracted as I keep an eye on the door. So I’m going to put off a major post until tomorrow, when I’ll have time to dig into something.

In the meantime, here’s one of the saddest songs I’ve ever heard. “Marie,” performed by the late Townes Van Zandt and Willie Nelson, comes from a series of duets Van Zandt recorded in the early 1990s. All-Music Guide says the recordings were intended for a Van Zandt box set.  Among the others with whom Van Zandt sang during the project were Kathy Mattea, Jerry Jeff Walker, Emmylou Harris, Freddy Fender and Doug Sahm.

The box set never came to be, but Texas Rain, a collection of twelve tracks from those sessions, was released in 2001, four years after Van Zandt’s death. There are a lot of other posthumous Van Zandt releases out there; I’ve dug into a few, but I keep going back to the spare sounds of Texas Rain. And “Marie” is the best thing on the CD.

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