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Together at the Bluebird Cafe - Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark
Together at the Bluebird Cafe - Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark
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Reviewed by Matt Bjorke

Originally recorded in 1995 as a benefit for the Interfaith Dental Clinic in Nashville, The CD is an all acoustic effort with each artist interweaving a song along with some neat anecdotes about the songs they are singing. Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark are the artists who performed at this benefit.

Townes Van Zandt was a respected singer/songwriter from Texas who died not too long ago. The writer of many hit songs, Townes is probably most well known for his song "Pancho and Lefty." Guy Clark is one of the most well respected singers around Nashville who continues to do his own thing and is not worried about any radio airplay. The most well known participant on the CD is Steve Earle. As one of the best newcomers from the 1980's Earle had a successful early career derailed by drugs and alcohol. Steve now owns his own label and is considered one of Country music's finest vocalist/performers around.

Guy Clark's "Baby Took a Limo to Memphis" is a bluesy song that is about a woman who went to Memphis via a limo because she wanted to. Not because she should, but she decided to do it anyway. An irrelevant song, nonetheless it is a fun way to open the CD.

Townes Van Zandt's "Katie Belle" is a lullaby for which Townes discusses why he decided to write lullabies. These stories alone make this CD worth owning, especially if you are a fan of any of the artists on this CD.

Steve Earle's "Valentine's Day" includes a great introduction about how he remarried his wife and said stuff like "I wrote this song because I cannot get a license" (remember his drug and alcohol problems) so he wrote this song for his wife. A nice and romantic song that is sure to inspire others to try and write a romantic Valentines song.

Perhaps one of Townes Van Zandt's most well known tracks, "Ain't Leavin' Your Love" is one of those songs that discusses how a man doesn't care what he has as long as he is with his wife. He says he won't leave for any reason at all.

"Dublin Blues" is Guy Clark's song about a man who wishes he was back in Austin, TX but he's stuck in Dublin, Ireland. Guy is one of those poetic types who needs to be heard to truly understand what type of an artist they are. I could see Kenny Rogers singing this song and Guy's vocals are similar to Kenny's.

The song that closes out this CD is a wonderful acoustic rendition of Steve's rebellious hit "Copperhead Road." I really like this song and to hear the acoustic version is a treat. When listening to this song and all the others on the CD you really feel like you were a part of the audience that night in 1995. This is one CD that is worth owning if you love to hear stuff off the beaten path or enjoy any of these artists.

Song List:

  1. Baby Took a Limo to Memphis - Guy Clark
  2. My Old Friend the Blues - Steve Earle
  3. Introduction to Katie Belle
  4. Katie Belle - Townes Van Zandt
  5. The Cape - Guy Clark
  6. Introduction to Valentine's Day
  7. Valentine's Day - Steve Earle
  8. Ain't Leavin' Your Love - Townes Van Zandt
  9. Randall Knife - Guy Clark
  10. Tom Ames' Prayer - Steve Earle
  11. The Interfaith Dental Clinic (The Reason For The Benefit)
  12. A Song For - Townes Van Zandt
  13. Dublin Blues - Guy Clark
  14. I Ain't Ever Satisfied - Steve Earle
  15. Pancho and Lefty - Townes Van Zandt
  16. Immigrant Eyes - Guy Clark
  17. Sirocco's Pizza (Intro to Mercenary Song)
  18. Mercenary Song - Steve Earle
  19. Tecumseh Valley - Townes Van Zandt
  20. Copperhead Road - Steve Earle

Album cover, used with permission of Audium Entertainment.

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