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Song masterpiece of the day: If I needed you, Townes Van Zandt

This song means a lot to me for many reasons. First, it was written by Townes. In a dream. He dreamt that he was a songwriter/folk singer one night, and that’s the song he wrote in his dream.

Secondly, it’s a song I play live, but only with my good buddy Mark, who sings harmony with me on it. He does it so beautifully, it’s a gift he gives me every time we do it.

Enjoy!

And just because I love this version of the song by Emmylou Harris & Steve Earle, here it is:

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Song masterpiece of the day: Goodbye, Steve Earle

Steve Earle belongs in the same conversation as his hero, Townes Van Zant, for the quality and quantity of incredible songs he’s written over the years.

This is the first song written for Steve Earle that really touched me and captivated me, and I play it live regularly.

In this video, he is joined by the ever-wonderful Emmylou Harris.