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Be Here to Love Me - Chronicles the fascinating and often turbulent life of Townes Van Zandt.

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Guy Clark ...
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Donna Spence ...
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Ann Rice ...
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John Ruehl ...
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Bob 'Maverick' Myrick ...
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Frank 'Chito' Greer ...
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Fran Lohr ...
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Be Here to Love Me - Chronicles the fascinating and often turbulent life of Townes Van Zandt.

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What would you sacrifice to follow your dream?


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$9,098 (USA) (2 December 2005)

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Townes van Zandt: Breaking even is ending up in Purgatory as far as I can tell. I figure there's heaven, purgatory, hell and the blues. I'm trying to crawl up from the blues, purgatory for me would be... Home Sweet Home!
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Features Heartworn Highways (1976) See more »

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Snake Song
Written by Townes van Zandt
Performed by Townes van Zandt
Courtesy of TVZ Records/Estate
Copywright: BUG, EMI
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no one like townes
20 November 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

If you aren't absolutely amazed by Townes' songwriting, finger picking, and singing, all you have to do is pick up a guitar to realize how difficult it is to do what he's doing. He's actually doing three or four things at once: Plucking a bass line with his thumb, a melody with his remaining fingers, and to top it all off, he sings absolutely hauntingly over this intricate accompaniment.

When Kristofferson called Townes a "songwriter's songwriter," this is made even truer by the fact that most of his biggest fans are musicians, because of his dedication and the perfection he achieves in his songs. It is truly songwriting rocket science. After I discovered Townes, I hardly ever strummed my guitar anymore, but rather try to keep it mostly fingerstyle.

Townes' greatness stemmed from what is the lifeblood of most all great musicians: persistence and dedication (and drugs), at least to his art, if not to the business side of things. Like he said; "You've got to lock yourself in your apartment, take the phone off the hook, and listen to Lightnin' Hopkins for two weeks."


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