Monday, March 24, 2014

Waiting 'Round to Die

One of the more powerful and honest songs in all of folk/country is, Waiting 'Round to Die, written by Townes Van Zandt. I was absolutely captured by the song when first exposed to itThis painful tale was originally released in 1967 on, For the Sake of the Song, his debut album. It also appeared on the documentary, Be Here to Love Me, and on the double LP, Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas. Townes plays extremely attentive versions on both of the latter recordings. Van Zandt is an otherworldly talent, while also being vastly under-known and underrated as a singer song writer.

Recently Michael Kiwanuka laid down an homage to this track with Third Man Records. Jack White's hub out of Nashville released the title as a B side, via the Blue Series. Back in 2013 Kiwanuka played Waiting 'Round to Die at Floyd Fest in Virginia. I encourage any and all to further investigate this song, as well as, Townes Van Zandt.

Michael Kiwanuka performing, Waiting 'Round to Die, written by: Townes Van Zandt.

A little something to ignite the vinyl-fire, record store day is around the corner.


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