If you’ve never listened to Townes Van Zandt, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. He’s the real deal, a man who wrote some of the saddest songs you’ll ever hear and lived a few too many of them himself. If you’re new to his work, though, I’d recommend you start with this live double-album, Live At the Old Quarter. It’s got almost all his best songs with no studio trickery—just one man and his acoustic guitar, playing for a crowded room held still and quiet. I chose this particular track—“Fraternity Blues”—because it displays something about Zandt that wasn’t always obvious: The man had one hell of a sense of humor.
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