Even if you didn't know Townes Van Zandt was such a friend and mentor to Steve Earle that Earle named his son Justin Townes Earle, you could instinctively sense it in Earle's music. As much a poet as anyone who ever wrote a song, Van Zandt had a knack for zeroing in on essences of human nature—bittersweet, haunting, sad, sometimes funny, or expressing joy at such simple pleasures as the sweetness of springtime. As much as he's an iconoclast, Earle also appreciates all those folk, bluegrass, and country roots, and is enough of a poet and pursuer of truth himself to know a master when he... More >>>