The troubled Texas singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt inspired a generation of other talented artists, including Willie Nelson and Guy Clark, but Steve Earle is the only one to pay tribute to Van Zandt by recording a CD of his hard-bitten and poignant songs.
Steve Earle's "Townes" won a Grammy this year and we rebroadcast a conversation we had with him in 2009.
Songs in this piece: (all written by Townes Van Zandt)
"Colorado Girl," performed by Townes Van Zandt
"White Freightliner Blues," performed by Steve Earle
"Mr. Mudd And Mr. Gold," performed by Steve Earle and Justin Townes Earle
"Pancho And Lefty," performed by Steve Earle
"Rake," performed by Steve Earle
"Lungs," performed by Steve Earle
This segment aired on December 31, 2010.