Steve Earle has blazed his own trail through the music industry, with a resumé that includes hits, Grammy Awards and an ever growing list of fans.
Townes is a tribute to one of his biggest influences, Townes Van Zandt. The songs selected for Townes were the ones that meant the most to Earle and the ones he personally connected to. “This may be one of the best records I’ve ever made,” said Earle. “That hurts a singer-songwriter’s feelings. Then again, it’s some consolation that I cherry picked through the career of one of the best songwriters that ever lived.”
The critics agree that Townes is some of Earle’s best work. Billboard said “Earle’s shape-shifting voice inhabits the songs just like Van Zandt’s own colorful characters inhabit them.” The Onion AV Club wrote “Townes isn’t so much a straightforward covers album as a trip inside Steve Earle’s experience of listening to, befriending, and trying to be Townes Van Zandt. As such, it may be the most personal album Earle has ever recorded.”