Louis-based singer-songwriter draws from influences such as Townes Van Zandt
, Steve Earle, John Prine, Bob Dylan and
Thomas is a prolific songwriter and his music brings to mind the likes of Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt
and Tom Russell.
Especially For You, first released in 1981, includes Fairweather Friends, Years From Now, Lord I Hope This Day Is Good, Miracles and the gorgeous If I Needed You - a duet with Emmy Lou Harris, written by Townes Van Zandt
The Cowboy Junkies were one of the first acts to really appreciate the work of the late Texan troubadour Townes Van Zandt
, with whom they were friends (and toured together).
'I used to never listen to country music, but now, I'm obsessed with Dolly Parton and Townes Van Zandt
!' Eva gushed.
With his band The Embers he combines the songwriting influences of artists such as John Martyn, Bon Iver, James Taylor and Townes Van Zandt
with the rhythm and blues, country and folk music textures of The Band, Neil Young and Ryan Adams to play his own unique brand of Americana, with a hint of Scotland.
The band followed up with a five-song EP, "The Echo Sessions," on which it covered songs by favorite artists like Townes Van Zandt
, Nanci Griffith and the Louvin Brothers.
He grew up in Fort Worth, home of the late Townes Van Zandt
, whose work still resonates and influences long after his demise.
Try these: Bruce Springsteen, Tunnel of Love; Townes Van Zandt
, The Late Great Townes Van Zandt
Into the self-penned set she weaves Townes Van Zandt
's Where I Lead Me and John Lennon's How?, her naive vocal recalling Cerys Matthews at times.
Ian Siegal: Though he is best known as a bluesman and variously described as a legend and a national treasure, a typical Siegal solo show is much more than blues, taking in the American folklore of songwriters such as Guy Clarke and Townes Van Zandt
, and his own genre-defying songs.
Hailing from the foothills of Worcester County, Iza Jane (singer and rhythm guitarist Sarah Benoit, lead and slide guitarist Dan Linskey, banjo player, harpist and singer Nick Langlois and bassist Matt McManamon) has been slowly but surely making a name for themselves with their contemporary folk, country and blues originals, while also putting her own twist to covers anywhere from Townes Van Zandt
to Bob Dylan to Dolly Parton.