Wino Wednesday: “A Song For” from Songs of Townes van Zandt Tribute; Tour Dates with Mondo Generator and Saviours Announced
This week, Wino announced that after wrapping up the holiday tour with Clutch, the opening acts from that bill — namely Wino, Mondo Generator and Saviours — will be continuing their run of dates for another 11 days. Goes without saying that this is kickass news for anyone with an appreciation for that which doesn’t suck, and I thought to honor it we’d do a track off the Songs of Townes van Zandt tribute that came out earlier this year on Neurot.
Business first. Here are the tour dates:
Mondo Generator, Saviours & Wino Tour Dates
1/2 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
1/3 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
1/4 Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Street Pub
1/5 Newport, KY @ Thompson House
1/6 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Music Joint
1/8 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
1/9 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
1/10 Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point Cantina
1/11 Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
1/13 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Atrium at Catalyst (no Wino)
The Songs of Townes van Zandt split between Wino and Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till of Neurosis was pretty much inevitable considering how much all three of them owe to the country crooner stylistically. After covering his material live and in various other recorded contexts over the last several years, each artist took three tracks for their own and the results were as gorgeous as they were moody.
“A Song For,” which appeared on van Zandt‘s 1994 studio swansong, No Deeper Blue, closes out the tribute and is a simple-enough execution of guitar and double-tracked vocals, but what it really shows is the power of memorable songwriting that typified van Zandt‘s work, as well as Wino‘s ability to take the original piece and make it his own in terms of performance and raw emotionality.
As always, hope you dig it and hope you have a great Wino Wednesday:
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