Townes Van Zandt died in the early morning hours of January 1, 1997, at the age of 52. [30] According to Johnny Guess, Dylan later arranged another meeting with the songwriter. [42] On at least one occasion, he shot up heroin in the presence of his son J.T., who was only eight years old at the time. [83] Gillian Welch inducted Van Zandt by telling stories about how he had come to her early gigs in Nashville and how he had bolstered her confidence in writing sad songs. For much of the 1970s, he lived a reclusive life outside of Nashville in a tin-roofed, bare-boards shack with no heat, plumbing or telephone, occasionally appearing in town to play shows. "When you start with my middle and last names," Earle told the Los Angeles Times in 2011, "how much worse can the expectations be? He had enjoyed some sobriety during the early 1990s, but was actively abusing alcohol during the final years of his life. Bell now owns the "new" Old Quarter in Galveston. The Nashville Fire Department responded to a wellness check and found the 39 … [47] Van Zandt agreed, and sessions were scheduled to begin in Memphis during late December of that year. They had no children. [10][11] He had two siblings, Bill (1949–2009) and Donna (1941–2011). Musician. [45] The medical staff tried to explain to her that detoxing a "late-term alcoholic" at home would be ill-advised, and he would have a better chance at recovering under hospital supervision. He received three months of insulin shock therapy, which erased much of his long-term memory. "[45] Jim Calvin shared a marijuana joint with him,[50] and he was also given about four Tylenol PM tablets. [1], The years between 1968 and 1973 proved to be Van Zandt's most prolific era. [12] In these Houston clubs, he met fellow musicians Lightnin' Hopkins, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Doc Watson. [34][44] His final and longest period of sobriety during his adult life was a period of about a year in 1989 and 1990. "[90] Eddie Cockrell of Variety called the film "a dignified and wistful look at the unusual life, difficult career and lasting influence" of Van Zandt. Tracks from the aborted Seven Come Eleven debacle later surfaced on The Nashville Sessions. [89] Georgia Christgau of the Village Voice called the documentary "sympathetic but frank. In the spring of his second year, his parents flew to Boulder to bring Townes back to Houston, apparently worried about his binge drinking and episodes of depression. [7][8] Afterwards, his mother claimed her "biggest regret in life was that she had allowed that treatment to occur". [2] During the decade, two books, a documentary film (Be Here to Love Me), and numerous magazine articles about the singer were written. [85] Since his death, Van Zandt's recordings have been licensed by his family for use in a number of films and television programs, including Stepmom, Ozark, Six Feet Under, In Bruges, Calvary, Crazy Heart, Leaves of Grass, Seven Psychopaths, Deadwood, Breaking Bad, True Detective and Hell or High Water (Dollar Bill Blues). [37] Following their divorce in 1994, his only possessions were a 1989 GMC Truck with camper shell, a 1984 Honda Shadow motorcycle and a 1983 Starwind 22-foot boat named Dorothy. Going through and listening to clips of the project today I found Scotts cover of Seventeen that introduced me to the work of Townes Van Zandt. He had assembled a group of well-known musicians including Willie Nelson and Freddy Fender to record new versions of his songs. When the terminally-ill Dorothy Van Zandt learned that her son had impregnated Munsell, she told him, "You're going to do the right thing and honor that baby. Newbury persuaded Van Zandt to go to Nashville, Tennessee, where he was introduced by Newbury to the man who became his longtime producer, "Cowboy" Jack Clement. The cause of death has not been revealed. Born: 7-Mar - 1944. Photo courtesy of Jeanene Van Zandt. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard topped the country charts in 1983 with a version of Mr. Van Zandt's song ''Pancho and Lefty.'' [1] He began dating Cindy Morgan in 1974. The older Earle also struggled with addiction. In his later years, he recorded less frequently, his voice and singing style altered in part because of his drug addiction and alcoholism. Justin Townes Earle, much loved American singer-songwriter, has past away at the age of 38. 03. But Mr. Van Zandt never achieved mainstream success himself, in part because of his proclivity for living out his songs of drinking, gambling, rambling and depression. See the article in its original context from. [9] In 1965, he was accepted into the University of Houston's pre-law program. However, he continued writing songs, such as "Marie" and "The Hole". [54] An out-of-court settlement in 2006 granted the Van Zandts conditional control of Harold Eggers' mastered recordings while Eggers retaining a 50% ownership of seven albums and some royalties for the remaining recordings. [49] She did not heed these warnings, and instead checked Townes out of the hospital against medical advice. "[60] But he concluded at the end of the same article that, "As a songwriter, you won't find anybody better." [24], In 1977, Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas was released. Townes and Cindy became estranged for much of the early 1980s, and were divorced on February 10, 1983 in Travis County, Texas. [50] Understanding that he would most likely drink immediately after leaving the hospital, the physicians refused to prescribe him any painkillers. [17] After the Jester closed, he began to regularly perform (and occasionally live) at Sand Mountain Coffee House. B orn March 7, 1944, in Fort Worth, Texas, singer-songwriter John Townes Van Zandt is the perfect example of an artist whose legend only grows with time.For many, Van Zandt was a walking paradox. Van Zandt", "Townes Van Zandt: Live at the Old Quarter", "Townes Van Zandt – Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas", "Townes Van Zandt: For the Sake of the Song", "Townes Without Pity: The Battle for Townes Van Zandt's legacy", "Townes Van Zandt – messages from the outside", "Townes Van Zandt – Frequently Asked Questions, No. [51], While Jeanene was on the phone with Susanna Clark, their son Will noticed that Townes had stopped breathing and "looked dead", and alerted his mother, who attempted to perform CPR, "screaming his name between breaths". ... Earle was named in part after the legendary singer Townes Van Zandt, who was a … Van Zandt was portrayed by Charlie Sexton in the 2018 film Blaze, a biographical drama about the life of Blaze Foley. Shelley canceled the sessions due to the songwriter's erratic behavior and drunkenness. When Van Zandt died, he left a shoe box full of unreleased poems and lyrics with a request that Broza set them to music. In 1983, six years after Emmylou Harris had first popularized it, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard covered his song "Pancho and Lefty", reaching number one on the Billboard country music chart. Van Zandt finally agreed to hospitalization, but not before returning to Nashville. Birthplace: Fort Worth, TX. [citation needed], In 2004, the film Be Here to Love Me,[88] chronicling the artist's life and musical career, was released in the United States. His repertoire consisted mostly of covers of songs written by Hopkins, Bob Dylan, and others, as well as original novelty songs like "Fraternity Blues. Earle has championed the songwriter on a number of occasions: his eldest son, Justin Townes Earle, also a musician, was named after Van Zandt. "[56][58] The quote was printed on a sticker featured on the packing of At My Window, much to Van Zandt's displeasure. [39] The two met in November 1995 during a concert of his in Hanau, Germany. He later referred to Colorado in "My Proud Mountains", "Colorado Girl", and "Snowin' on Raton". [91], A biography, titled To Live's to Fly: The Ballad of the Late, Great Townes Van Zandt by John Kruth, was released in 2007. Earle is survived by his wife and daughter. [79], In 1994, Israeli singer David Broza performed with Van Zandt during a Writers in the Round concert in Houston. She later reported that after getting back to his home in Smyrna, Tennessee, and giving him alcohol, he became "lucid, in a real good mood, calling his friends on the phone. I'll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt by Brian T. Atkinson was released on New Year's Day 2012 by Texas A&M University Press, coinciding with the 15th anniversary of Van Zandt's death. Justin Townes Earle was born in Nashville on Jan. 4, 1982, to Steve and Carol Ann Hunter Earle. He had since recorded nearly a dozen records and toured virtually nonstop, driven, his friends said, by inner demons that neither he nor they could account for. “Townes” was released in 2009, a dozen years after Van Zandt died; “Guy,” a homage to the songwriter Guy Clark, came out three years after Clark’s death in 2016. Van Zandt told friends he planned on marrying Winterer,[40] but the two never became engaged. He normally played small venues (often to crowds of fewer than fifty people) but began to move towards playing larger venues (and even made a handful of television appearances) during the 1990s. "[54], It was revealed through these proceedings that Van Zandt's annual income in the years before his death had climbed to over $100,000, thanks in large part to the royalties accrued from his songs being covered by Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Merle Haggard, Cowboy Junkies, and other major music stars. His official cause of death was "natural" cardiac arrhythmia. They had no children. The album mixed humorous barroom songs with the tales of poverty, desperation and bleakness (''Waiting Round to Die,'' ''Tecumseh Valley'') that would make him, along with Guy Clark, a beacon to a generation of songwriters. [29] In 1978, the singer fired Lomax and re-hired Eggers. They took him back to their home, and he spent the Christmas week on their couch, unable to get up even to use the bathroom. The Bible’s powner to transform people and nations is well documented throughout history. His musical style has often been described as melancholy and features rich, poetic lyrics. Cause of death: Heart Failure. In 1968, Mr. Van Zandt moved to Nashville to record his first album, ''For the Sake of the Song,'' with the producer and songwriter Jack Clement, best known for his work with Johnny Cash. The autopsy found traces of fentanyl, alcohol and cocaine in his system. [31] In May and June 1990, he opened for the Cowboy Junkies during a two-month-long tour of the United States and Canada, which exposed him to a younger generation of fans. 1 of 2 Townes Van Zandt, Susanna Clark, Guy Clark and friend in BE HERE TO LOVE ME, a Palm Pictures release 2005. Died: 1-Jan - 1997. After nearly ten years of legal battles, the court sided with the estate, issuing "injunctive relief against Eggers, restraining him from reproducing or distributing any of Van Zandt's songs. [30] Dylan was reportedly a "big fan" of Townes and claimed to have all of his records; Van Zandt admired Dylan's songs, but didn't care for his celebrity. Remains: Cremated, Dido Cemetery, Dido, TX. He soon signed with Eggers' new label, Tomato Records. 3 country hit in 1981 with "If I Needed You," and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, the pair taking "Pancho and Lefty" to No. [2] He found a new manager, John Lomax III (grandson of the famed folk music historian John Lomax), who set up a fan club for Van Zandt. The book has been described by Kirkus Reviews as a "poignant, clear and vivid portrait."[93]. [8] Fearing that his family would move again, he willingly decided to attend the Shattuck School in Faribault, Minnesota. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. [8] He quit school around 1967, having been inspired by his singer-songwriter heroes to pursue a career in playing music. The song was included on the movie's soundtrack. He was 52. [19], At one point around 1967, Van Zandt was roommates with 13th Floor Elevators singer Roky Erickson. [60], His Texas-grounded impact stretched farther than country. Their first child, William Vincent, was born 10 days later. He has been cited as a source of inspiration by such notable artists as Bob Dylan,[30] Neil Young,[61] Willie Nelson,[62] Guthrie Thomas, John Prine,[62] Lyle Lovett,[63] Chelsea Wolfe,[64] Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers,[65] Emmylou Harris,[62] Nanci Griffith,[62] Cowboy Junkies,[66] Vetiver,[67] Guy Clark,[62] Devendra Banhart,[68] Norah Jones,[69] Robert Plant & Alison Krauss,[70] The Be Good Tanyas and Jolie Holland,[71] Rowland S. Howard, Michael Weston King, Hayes Carll, Josh Ritter,[72] Gillian Welch,[73] Garth Brooks,[74] Simon Joyner,[75] Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes,[76] Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon,[77] Laura Marling, Frank Turner. Justin Townes Earle's probable cause of death has been revealed. Gender: Male. Earle was 38. The younger Earle dropped out of high school to go into the music business. At times, he became drunk on stage and forgot the lyrics to his songs. ... to Steve Earle and the entire family of Justin Townes … [35] Townes's only source of income after making that change was money received from concert engagements,[36] and even then, Townes frequently visited his ex-wife and gave her the money in his pockets. Born in Nashville, Earle was named after songwriter Townes Van Zandt. [78] Folk musician Shakey Graves has credited his fast-paced, rhythmic style of finger picked guitar playing partially to Van Zandt's influence. 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