Five days before Dolly Parton released her classic album, Little Sparrow (January 23, 2001), she presented many of the songs on a very special performance at the Austin City Limits TV-show. This was Parton’s debut on the show, and does a classic set. The songs are magnificent and musicianship is out of this world. Continue reading “Dolly Parton at Austin City Limits January 18, 2001 (video)” →
Tribute to Townes Van Zandt
Austin City Limits
Recorded in December 7, 1997.
Townes Van Zandt, was an American singer songwriter. He is widely held in high regard for his poetic, often heroically sad songs. In 1983, six years after Emmylou Harris had first popularized it, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard covered his song “Pancho and Lefty”, scoring a number one hit on the Billboard country music charts. Much of his life was spent touring various dive bars, often living in cheap motel rooms and backwoods cabins. For much of the 1970s, he lived in a simple shack without electricity or a phone.
He suffered from a series of drug addictions, alcoholism, and the psychiatric diagnosis bipolar disorder. When he was young, the now discredited insulin shock therapy erased much of his long-term memory. Continue reading “Classic TV: Townes Van Zandt tribute at Austin City Limits 1997” →