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LISTEN: Townes Van Zandt ~ Hunger Child Blues

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Here’s Townes Van Zandt with a great full band recording of Hunger Child Blues, taken from the compilation In The Beginning (Compadre Records, 2003).

The songs on In The Beginning were recorded in his first Nashville recording sessions in 1966 –predating the release of For the Sake of the Song by two years. Eight of these ten songs were recorded with Van Zandt playing solo with his guitar. All of them are quite revealing not just for the obvious lyric and melody reasons, but for his guitar playing abilities; he was a considerable flatpicking talent and picked up his idol’s, fellow Houstonian Lightin’ Hopkins’ trademark stutter shuffle as well. The blues are as present Van Zandt’s tunes as folk and country were. (THOM JUREK, ALL MUSIC)

 

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