Townes Van Zandt is an icon of outlaw country, whose introspective and enigmatic songs have touched audiences for decades. His “Pancho and Lefty,” first released on the 1972 album The Late Great Townes Van Zandt, remains one of the genre’s best known and most beloved songs. His career spanned ten studio albums and nearly three decades and now Fat Possum Records, working alongside the Townes Van Zandt Estate and their TVZ imprint, have added another chapter with a new collection of unreleased recordings.
Sky Blue arrived on March 7 to coincide with what would have been Van Zandt’s 75th birthday. It’s a collection of 11 newly unearthed recordings that were made with friend Bill Hedgepeth in 1973. Among them are early, acoustic versions of Townes Van Zandt favorites (“Pancho & Lefty” and “Rex’s Blues”), a number of covers (Tom Paxton’s “The Last Thing On My Mind,” the murder ballad “Hills of Roane County”), along with two previously unheard original songs. Together, these tracks offer a glimpse into Townes Van Zandt’s creative process with urgent and passionate renditions that show listeners the evolution of his songs.
Sky Blue is available on CD, LP, and through digital/streaming services. TVZ and Fat Possum Records have released a new single from the collection called “All I Need.” You can give it a listen below keep scrolling for the full track listing and pre-order links.
1. All I Need
2. Rex’s Blues
3. Hills of Roane County
4. Sky Blue
5. Forever For Always For Certain
6. Blue Ridge Mountain Blues (Smoky Version)
7. Pancho and Lefty
8. Snake Song
9. Silver Ships of Andilar
10. Dream Spider
11. The Last Thing On My Mind