Staff Picks: Townes Van Zandt - Sky Blue

For fans of: One of America’s finest hard-luck songwriters.

What they're saying: NPR calls it a “a candid sonic snapshot” while outlining the circumstances of this particular 1973 session. Rolling Stone praises the songwriters ever-resent mix of hope and despair on full display here.

What we say: We’ll always take new Townes tracks! This is from the tail end of his prolific period, and it’s great to hear him in such a raw setting.

Further listening: Another solid record from this era of the Townes discography is the excellent live record “Live At The Old Quarter".