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Saturday 12 November 2022

Townes Covered - Kathleen


Emmylou took an early lead last week with her version of Pancho and Lefty. Then there was an avalanche of votes for Townes giving a score of Emmylou 2 Townes 6 . I must admit that I was quite surprised with that as I had it down as one of the few that may give TVZ a run for his money.

After three weeks and one draw the overall score is now Townes 2 The Rest 0.Perhaps Ernie will be right and maybe it will be a whitewash for Townes.

Then again maybe Tindersticks will triumph with their lovely  and slightly jazzy version of KathleenJC was so keen that this one feature that he sent me a copy just in case I didn't have it. Now being the Blogmaster and a very busy man he doesn't comment always daily but periodically you get a series of comments at once when he has some down time. Therefore I shall take the liberty of awarding his vote to Tindersticks.

It was a pleasant coincidence rather than anything clever that I chose a picture of Townes playing a violin on this ocassion.

My vote is going to Townes thus negating the proxy JC vote. Others, of course, may choose to differ.

Townes Van Zandt - Kathleen

Tindersticks - Kathleen


  1. Your use of the word jazzy had me voting for Townes even before hearing either version. Now that I have heard both, it's Townes (although I hear no jazziness in the Tindersticks)

  2. I quite like the TIndersticks arrangement but less keen on the 'sub-par Lee Hazlewood' vocals. Townes for me.

  3. Ooh. Tough one. I do like the 'sub-par Lee Hazlewood vocals' of Stuart Staples.

    But I think I'm going to have to go with Townes on this occasion.

    (Don't tell JC.)

  4. There's a few folk here getting removed from by Xmas Cards list.....

  5. Mmm, I love the strings on both of these, but I'm such a total sucker for a deep male voice, ohhhhh! So it has to be Tindersticks. Forgive me, I'm weak.

  6. Like C, I'm also a sucker for a deep male voice (it's been discussed many times) so although I loved the Townes version, the Tindersticks version has an added dimension to it that gives it gravitas/atmosphere.