Townes Van Zandt

Townes_Van_ZandtJohn Townes Van Zandt I (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997), best known as Townes Van Zandt, was an American singer-songwriter. Many of his songs, including “If I Needed You” and “To Live Is to Fly”, are considered standards of their genre. While alive, Van Zandt had a small and devoted fanbase, but he never had a successful album or single and even had difficulty keeping his recordings in print. Van Zandt was notorious for his drug addictions, alcoholism,and his tendency to tell tall tales. When young, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and insulin shock therapy erased much of his long-term memory.Van Zandt died on New Years Day 1997 from health problems stemming from years of substance abuse. The 2000s saw a resurgence of interest in Van Zandt.During the decade, two books, a documentary film, and a number of magazine articles about the singer were created.Van Zandt’s music has been covered by such notable and varied musicians as Bob Dylan,Nanci Griffith, Norah Jones,  Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Robert Plant, Alison Kraussand Gillian Welch. (From

“Pancho & Lefty” – Outtake from the DVD “Heartworn Highways

“If I Needed You” – Here Townes also tells the story behind the song:

“Flyin´Shoes” – from the album “Flyin´Shoes” released in 1978.