Townes Van Zandt – ‘The Nashville Sessions’


Released Monday, April 20th 2015 on CD and deluxe vinyl

The death of Townes Van Zandt in 1997 at the age of only fifty-two robbed the world of a troubled genius as well as one of America’s finest singer-songwriters. Whilst never a ‘best seller’, his reputation and popularity has grown greater by the year, inspiring books, a documentary and renewed interest from the media, passionately loyal fans and contemporaries such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Emmylou Harris, who covered his songs to the upper reaches of the American charts.

In 1974, Townes Van Zandt recorded what would have been his seventh album, Seven Come Eleven. Business issues prevented its release until the recordings surfaced two decades later as The Nashville Sessions. To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of Van Zandt’s turbulent musical career, and launch of a major catalogue reissue programme, Charly has restored and re-mastered The Nashville Sessions to present a stunning document of the folk-blues mater at his absolute peak.

  • Restored and digitally re-mastered from producer and manager Kevin Eggers’ original tapes •
  • Deluxe gatefold sleevepac features original Milton Glaser portrait cover and new artwork •
  • 12-page fully illustrated CD booklet •
  • Detailed sleeve notes by Uncut magazine journalist Rob Hughes •
  • Part of Charly Records Townes Van Zandt 50th anniversary reissue programme •
  • All original Poppy and Tomato albums recorded at the peak of Van Zandt’s career will be newly re-mastered, restored and lavishly repackaged •


At My Window / Rex’s Blues / No Place To Fall / Buckskin Stallion Blues / White Freight Liner Blues / Snake Song / Loretta / Two Girls / Spider Song / When She Don’t Need Me / Pueblo Waltz / Upon My Soul

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A classic, ‘Pancho And Lefty’:

“He was the best songwriter and most riveting solo performer I’ve ever seen” STEVE EARLE

Changing Horses – The Nashville Sessions

Changing Horses are British Indie-Folk duo Richard Birtill (vocals and guitar) and Francesca Cullen (vocals, violin, mandolin and melodeon). Stylistically taking influence from the psychedelic likes of The Incredible String Band, and the experimental art-punk of The Fall, theirs is a patchwork of off-kilter folk that has drawn in the plaudits from numerous sources. After holing up in a Nashville studio with session musician / producer Chris Donohue (Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris) the track ‘Cut All Strings’ featured on an HBO documentary and went on to pick up multiple plays on both the Steve Lamacq and Bob Harris BBC radio shows. Last year’s festival season also saw the band grace stages at Kendal Calling, Solfest, Brampton, Crawley Folk Festival and SO festival.

It’s on the live circuit the Changing Horses’ reputation has been built. The last few months have seen them perform as main support to the likes of Jeffrey Lewis, Pat Sansone (Wilco), Ade Edmondson and Adam Green. Captured here on The Nashville Sessions however, is a band vying for the unconventional, yet still maintaining core melodies. Flitting between the wistful (Cut All Strings), the fragile (One Million Screaming Angels) and the macabre (‘Till Death), when things do take a more popular twist, Birtill’s wrought vocals still punctuate Cullen’s neat string play. In turn, I Don’t Need It’s discordant opening phrasing soon makes way for a wave of anthemic guitars.

“Truly original and delightful” – Robin Williamson, The Incredible String Band

Deeply personal songwriting, tongue-in-cheek moments, macabre themes and innovative string playing make up Changing Horses’ The Nashville Sessions; a strong debut from a band that lives to draw the listener into their own lovesick universe.