Townes Van Zandt
KUT Radio Tribute 01/02/97
Donny Silverman, who played saxophone with Townes for several years, was also in attendance. Tary Owens, a long-time friend of Townes, and Maryann Price came to the studio during the program. Calvin Russell slipped in near the end of the show. That group, myself included and John excluded, were all in Townes' age range. Near the end of the show Scrappy Jud Newcomb of Loose Diamonds and Toni Price's band came to the studio with Beaver Nelson. They had spent the day together talking about Townes and singing his songs, and had been listening to the tribute on the radio. They did wonderful, impassioned renditions of "Rex's Blues" and "Ain't Leavin' Your Love." Mandy said to me how great it was that the younger musicians like Jud and Beaver had the same feeling for Townes' songs that we did.
I have located some good links to pages with information about Townes. If you do an Alta-Vista search there are many links that are easy to figure out from the information provided. Lyrics for many of the songs have their own page. An Alta-Vista link is provided near the bottom of this page.
Here is one good link to get you started. It will take you to most of the other links I found.
There's a couple of Townes stories in the Blaze Foley story in my Commentary section.