Kathleen – Townes Van Zandt
Kathleen was written by the late, great Townes Van Zandt. I remember watching grainy footage of him playing this in a hotel room towards the end of his life. He can barely play the guitar in time, but there is still a remarkable amount of power in his vocal delivery. He was one of those artists that for me sounds better the more ragged the performance.
This song sums up Townes Van Zandt for me, the lyrics are so very dark but the song itself has a real softness and beauty to it without being in any way saccharine. That’s why he was such an immense songwriter and will always be remembered as one of the greats.
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