NEUROSIS members Steve Von Till and Scott Kelly and SAINT VITUS frontman Scott “Wino” Weinrich have contributed to upcoming tribute to late blues and folk singer Townes Van Zandt. Titled “Songs Of Townes Van Zandt”, the tribute album drops on June 12th through My Proud Mountain/Neurot Recordings.
The track listing for it can be seen below while a free download/stream of Scott Kelly‘s take on “St. John The Gambler” can be found via bandcamp.
01 – “If I Needed You” (Steve Von Till)
02 – “St. John The Gambler” (Scott Kelly)
03 – “Black Crow Blues” (Steve Von Till)
04 – “Lungs” (Scott Kelly)
05 – “Rake” (Wino)
06 – “The Snake Song” (Steve Von Till)
07 – “Nothing” (Wino)
08 – “Tecumseh Valley” (Scott Kelly)
09 – “A Song For” (Wino)
The following contributors had the following to offer about the tribute.
Townes Van Zandt‘s music has had a profound effect on me as a man and as a musician. I discovered his songs 13 years ago at the same time as I had already began following a new path for myself as musician, seeking to express myself through a more direct, stripped down acoustic approach. Townes Van Zandts music is not only brutally honest, he has an ability to paint a picture with his words that is so far beyond the reach and depth of anyone else I have heard to this day. I am honored to be a part of this record and get the opportunity to bring his music to people who are fans of what I have been doing, and I am humbled to be in the presence of my two brothers Steve Von Till and Wino.
Steve Von Till:
To be able to honor the music of Townes Van Zandt with this project is a true gift. His songs have had a profound influence on me as a songwriter and have been a constant sonic companion since first hearing them. Sharing this tribute with Wino and Scott Kelly, both of whom I admire as human beings and fellow travelers on this journey of songcraft makes it even that much more important to me. I hope that it may bring the soul purifying, down to earth truths of Townes to others who may not have discovered him yet, and that those who already recognize his contribution to the world will appreciate this small offering.
Scott “Wino” Weinrich:
Circumstance and adventure lead me down the road of playing and writing solely on the acoustic guitar. Born And Raised on CSN, Neil Young amongst others I still ignored the Americana folk scene. Until Kenny Wagner turned me on to Townes Van Zant. I was still absorbing listening to Scott and Steve’s various renditions of his songs when Mr. Connie Ochs gave me Abnormal. It was this that crystallized my endearment to this music; this man, this story, this passion and emotion that has enriched our lives. So I am proud to be a part of this tribute.