Mississippi label Fat Possum is working hard at broadening its roster these days. Aside from releasing the Fiery Furnaces' Bitter Tea and the next Dinosaur Jr. disc, they've just announced they'll be reissuing Townes Van Zandt's first four records. Townes was, without a doubt, the finest lyricist America ever had and his first four records contain some of the most gripping songs he ever wrote. Thank you, Fat Possum, thank you.
Respected Mississippi-based independent label Fat Possum, home to artists as diverse as R.L Burnside, Dinosaur Jr and The Fiery Furnaces, have announced a string of reissues from celebrated folk singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt, including his first four albums and the much lauded posthumous Texas Rain collaboration album. Van Zandt, who died in 1997, is one of America’s most influential musicians, influencing both country and folk artists since the late 1960s. Probably best known for writing “Pancho and Lefty” – a song taken to #1 on the Billboard Charts by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard in 1983 – his catalog is a treasure trove of hauntingly intimate songs. Fat Possum will re-issue the first four albums For The Sake Of The Song (1968), Our Mother The Moutain (1969), Townes Van Zandt (1970), Delta Moma Blues (1971), plus 1978’s Flyin’ Shoes and the duet collection Texas Rain, which includes Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm and Freddy Fender. All albums, previously released on Tomato Records and out of print for several years, will be available on Fat Possum from May 1st 2007.