Townes Van Zandt has widely been considered one of the finest songwriters to ever touch the craft, ever since he recorded his first album in 1968 (if not also before that). Inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan and Lightnin' Hopkins, Van Zandt matched their talent throughout his career, even surpassing it in the eyes of some devoted fans. He released less than a dozen albums in his lifetime, but the songs contained therein have inspired generations of new folk and country songwriters across the world.
Now, Ominovre Records has announced that they will release a 2-Disc set featuring solo voice-and-guitar demos previously unavailable to the public, recorded during the height of Van Zandt's creative prowess.
According to the press release:
a two-CD set of previously unavailable music from the Texas singer-songwriter's classic albums High, Low & In Between and The Late Great Townes Van Zandt. One disc features outtakes and alternate takes/mixes of tracks from the sessions for those LPs; the other highlights solo demos. The set offers a window into the work that went into those two brilliant recordings, from a time when Van Zandt was at the height of his songwriting powers.
That collection, titled Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions & Demos 1971-1972 will feature 28 tracks in all and is set to drop online and in stores on Feb. 5, 2013. In the meantime, Check out some essential Townes Van Zandt songs or simply learn more about the man with this introductory bio and profile.
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