Townes Van Zandt Shoebox Poems Set to Music; Rascal Flatts’ Future In Jeopardy … On ‘CSI’

Brody Vercher | December 4th, 2009

  • When Townes Van Zandt died in 1997 he left a shoebox of his poems to David Broza, who he had only performed with once before. Those poems set to music will be released Feb. 23 on a new, 12-track CD titled Night Dawn.

    Israeli balladeer Broza had to wonder, ‘Why me?’

    So did Van Zandt’s widow Jeanene, who asked Broza to not take the poems, but to let her present them to Townes’ fans like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Lyle Lovett and others. Broza honored that request, but eight years later and nothing happening with Jeanene’s project, asked for them back. Thus started a four year process of writing music for 10 of the poems. One song on the album is a Broza instrumental tribute to Townes called “Too Old To Die Young,” while the other is a cover of a demo of the last song Van Zandt wrote.

  • On the cusp of realizing fame, Love and Theft has found that temptations are stronger, but holding each accountable keeps the group grounded.
  • Farce the Music: Top 10 Ways Jason Aldean is Trying to Look Tougher
  • Watch the new video for Chris Young‘s song “The Man I Want to Be.”
  • Kix Brooks talks about compromise:

    “We definitely have to go back and forth with songs,” Brooks says. “That’s always a challenge where you’re having to compromise. There have always been hurt feelings. There have always been opinions.”

    At a meeting about songs earlier this year, Dunn decided he no longer wanted to make those compromises.

    “We both knew this was probably it,” Brooks says. “He called back the next day and said, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore.’ And I was in agreement. I really was. I was willing that day to try and work it out, but when he said, ‘This is it, I really think it is,’ I said, ‘I think it is, too.’

  • For his new video, Gary Allan chose to release live footage of himself and his band performing “Today.”
  • Galleywinter reviewed Doug Moreland‘s latest, Barnstormer.

    This album, as with the past couple efforts from Doug, features a strong Bob Wills influence and is perfect for any Texas Music fan who enjoys a little traditional country and western in their mix. One notable difference from most music you hear these days is that there is a prominent steel guitar in the mix. Combined with Moreland’s own fiddle playing, this is what your grandad’s country would sound like if it was made today.

  • The Garth Brooks six-CD box set The Limited Series is on sale for $9.72 and the five-disc music DVD set The Entertainer is $5.00. (via Chet Flippo)
  • What would you get if you took Music City’s traditional sound and work ethic, added a bit of legacy and a handful of talented sidemen, and subtracted Music Row? Nashville Scene‘s D. Patrick Rodgers says you’d have Chelsea Crowell’s eponymous debut.
  • Country California fake news: A new Vince Gill Backing Vocals iPhone app “allows users to sing any words they’d like and have Gill’s angelic harmonies added in real time through a sophisticated vowel recognition and repetition algorithm.”
  • In non-fake country news, Rascal Flatts has signed on to appear in an episode of CSI next year:

    In “Unshockable,” which exec producer Carol Mendelsohn points out is “a riff off [the group's] hit album, tour and song… [they'll] be playing themselves. One of the guys — and tear out my fingernails, but I won’t say who — will become the victim of a crime. The other two ‘Rascals’ will be suspects… thus, jeopardizing the future of the band.”

  • The Gobblers Knob is excited about Joe Pug‘s new record, Messenger, due out in February.
  • The Austin American-Stateman‘s Brian T. Atkinson interviewed Rosanne Cash:

    You’ve said you regret not asking your father to expand the list. What do you suspect he would’ve added from 1973 until his death in 2003?

    Yeah. I’ve thought a lot about that. The one that came to mind first was the George Jones song “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” But, you know, he probably would’ve put some Springsteen and maybe a little Neil Young or another Dylan song. I wish to God that I had asked him.

  • Paste‘s Cristina Martin recommends Whiskey Gentry to fans of Allison Moorer, The Avett Brothers, and Old Crow Medicine Show. The band leans towards rock, but credits traditional country and bluegrass as it’s foundation. (MySpace)
  1. Noeller
    December 4, 2009 at 11:31 am

    So one of the “Rascls” will be the victim of a crime and the other two are suspects?? I didn’t think they covered purse snatching on CSI………..??

  2. Razor X
    December 4, 2009 at 11:33 am

    With a little luck, the remaining members of the band will get the death penalty.

  3. Truersound
    December 4, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Anxious to hear the TVZ poems. Wish rascall flats were one CSI Miami though. Would be the perfect douche storm.

    I don’t understand how years ago Rosanne said she lost that list, and now she acts like she still has it.

  4. K
    December 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    “So one of the “Rascls” will be the victim of a crime and the other two are suspects?? I didn’t think they covered purse snatching on CSI………..??”

    Why must go so low? Bash the music all you want, but degrading the character of three very down-to-earth, giving and generous guys is just wrong.
    I don’t see why so many people, men in particular, have a problem with Flatts music. Sure, it may be largely directed at the female audience, but it works, sometimes very well. Every artist has a target audience; just because there’s is mostly female doesn’t make their audience any less valid.

    It always continues to amaze me how people seem to imply the use of feminine slurs with Rascal Flatts just because their music is directed towards females. It just doesn’t make logical sense. They are all very much married with children, and I’m sure their famlies wouldn’t want to hear such trash from people like yourselves.

    Regardless of whether or not you loathe them or love them, I firmly believe anyone who trashes thw character of any artist has crossed the line.

    You can think anything you want, but it is extremely disrespectful to suggest this band does not have any artistic merit. They do, their intentions are vaild, and their music means so much to their fans. As I said before, just because you don’t agree with it doesn’t mean it isn’t meaningful or artistic to someone else.

    Shame on you for showing your ignorance, but thank you for showing your true colors in the proccess.

  5. Truersound
    December 4, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    I see they now have internet in Branson

  6. Steve M.
    December 4, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    How dare you Razor question Rascal Flatts! Why they rank right up there with Willie, Waylon and Hank in the country pantheon.

  7. Noeller
    December 4, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    “…but it works, and sometimes very well…”

    Yeah! When Jeffrey Steele hands them pure gold! Other than that – not so much. Like, say, when Gary The Voice has to actually sing, and chooses to strangle a cat.

    Have no use for those effeminate warblers….

  8. Jon
    December 4, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Pavlov’s dogs were models of irrational unpredictability compared to youse guys.

  9. K
    December 4, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    “How dare you Razor question Rascal Flatts! Why they rank right up there with Willie, Waylon and Hank in the country pantheon.”

    I was refering to Noeller with my comment. Nice job trying to twist my words though.

    “Yeah! When Jeffrey Steele hands them pure gold! Other than that – not so much. Like, say, when Gary The Voice has to actually sing, and chooses to strangle a cat.”

    Fine if that’s your opinion. Obviously fans who have made them the most successful group of the decade don’t agree, but no matter.

    I could care less about anyone who has a negative opinion of their music. I will, however, defend them against mallicious and hateful personal attacks. Your comments cross the line, and this thread should be a place to discuss the talent they do (or do not, according to you) possess as a band.

    I will welcome your opinion if you want to reply to these comments. If you want to continue to dance around the subject like you have, don’t bother. Why even reply if you can’t engage in a discussion about the comment you are replying to?

  10. JCH
    December 4, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Can people not see that it hurts Rascal Flatts to even toy with the idea that any of you might harbor hate for them in your heart? Truly, those who do will never be brought to their glory or be placed at their side. Remember, the love and talent of Rascal Flatts is everlasting; it reaches to the highest mountain and the farthest shore.

  11. Steve M.
    December 4, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    If Rascal Flatts actually care what people on the internet think about them, they need to put down the straw and needle. How do you know they don’t secretly romance farm animals?

  12. Jon
    December 4, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    If Rascal Flatts actually care what people on the internet think about them, they need to put down the straw and needle.

    Says the guy who won’t use his real name.

  13. Steve M.
    December 4, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Well I use my first name and last name’s initial.would you like zipcode and area code as well?

  14. Cardsgal
    December 4, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    The best part of the EW.com article is the comments. My personal favorite is “If they are [playing] victims and their larynxes are crushed then I’m all for it.”

  15. Jon
    December 4, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I’m just saying that advice to just get used to being insulted in a public forum by people whom you don’t know and who don’t know you doesn’t sit very well when it comes from someone who’s unwilling to subject himself to the same.

  16. Steve M.
    December 4, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Well if you chose to make crappy music, shouldn’t you expect criticism? And can you prove they don’t date outside their species?

  17. Steve M.
    December 4, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    My point is this-how the hell do you know what people who are only seen through careful PR moments are really like? To claim they are wonderful people based on Tiger Woods like image control is about as wrong as my newly made up rumors. The whole nation though Bing Crosby was wonderful while he wasting beating his kids with a sock full of batteries.

  18. K
    December 4, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Grow up and say something intelligent for once people. You can’t even see past your hatred for this band to have an unbiased views.

    They have millions of fans who love them, and they are the most successful country band of this decade. But that doesn’t speak to any of you because you can’t see past your own pathetic ignorance.

    Gary, Jay and Joe Don are intelligent, talented and nice guys who do what they love for those who love them. They don’t make music for bitter human beings who have nothing better to do than tear down multimillionare talents who they don’t even know.

    Keep talking, it only makes you all look more pathetic.

  19. Steve M.
    December 4, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    And you know this through their newsletter? Wrapping your identity in a band is even more pathetic. Unless its The Band.

  20. Jon
    December 4, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Wrapping your identity in a band is even more pathetic.

    And yet that’s pretty much exactly what you’ve been doing, only in Bizarro World fashion. “Oh, yeah, Steve M. – that’s the guy who compulsively posts derogatory stuff about Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift every single time their names are mentioned.”

  21. K
    December 4, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    “And you know this through their newsletter? Wrapping your identity in a band is even more pathetic. Unless its The Band.”

    No, Steve, I know this because I’m aware of the millilons that they raise for charity. They also stay out of trashy magazines and don’t reveal personal things that don’t have anything to do with the music. They’ve never been tied to anything even remotely negative.

    Usually if a celebrity is a snot, it will come out in some way or form- Rascal Flatts have been out for ten years, and the only negative things I’ve heard are remarks that come out of the mouths of people who don’t like them.

    You may think I’m basing their characters on shallow things, which may be true, because I don’t know them. Based on what I do know, however, I think this is a solid assumption to make.

    Basing your judgements on someone you have never met (me) and a band you have prior judgements against (Rascal Flatts) doesn’t do much to erase the “pathetic” remark from my mind buddy.

  22. K
    December 4, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Also, Steve, could you please explain how my comments have anything to do with “wrapping my identity around a band?” My comments had nothing to do with my character or values as a person; this comment makes no sense to me.

  23. Rick
    December 4, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Its too bad Chelsea Crowell doesn’t have a different last name. In my mind it makes her a likely Obamavoter by association, which is a shame…

    As for Whiskey Gentry, a name change would be in order. Anything that sounds even remotely like Montgomery Gentry is to be avoided at all costs! (lol) As for appealing to fans of Allison Moorer, exactly which phase of Allison’s career is being referred to as she has gone through so many different styles over the years. Hmm…

  24. Stormy
    December 4, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Gary, Jay and Joe Don are intelligent, talented and nice guys who do what they love for those who love them. They don’t make music for bitter human beings who have nothing better to do than tear down multimillionare talents who they don’t even know.

    Well then they can’t complain when I don’t like their albums now can they?

  25. Steve M.
    December 4, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Wow K, my whole is shaken that you think I am pathetic. Who cares how much they raise for charity? OJ did plenty of celebratory golf tournaments before well, you know.

  26. K
    December 4, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    “Well then they can’t complain when I don’t like their albums now can they?”

    I never said that.

    “Wow K, my whole is shaken that you think I am pathetic. Who cares how much they raise for charity? OJ did plenty of celebratory golf tournaments before well, you know.”

    I never said you were pathetic. YOU said I was pathetic. Again, you never answered my original question anyway.

    So, you say they can’t possibly be nice down-to-earth guys because you want to compare them to OJ? Whatever. The points you’re making are doing nothing to change my opinion that you’re not really interested in anything but being argumentative.

  27. Truersound
    December 4, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I don’t care if they are nice down to earth guys, or if they snort lines of coke off stripper’s asses. They make boring music and the guy looks like a douche. That is all I have to say.

  28. idlewildsouth
    December 4, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Concerning “The List”, I read a book about the recording of it and was rather put off by Roseanne’s attitude concerning her father, as well as her childhood. And in the book, they never mention her finding it again, so her album is evidently songs she thought might have been on the list, maybe.

  29. Noeller
    December 4, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    JCH wrote: “Can people not see that it hurts Rascal Flatts to even toy with the idea that any of you might harbor hate for them in your heart? Truly, those who do will never be brought to their glory or be placed at their side. Remember, the love and talent of Rascal Flatts is everlasting; it reaches to the highest mountain and the farthest shore.”

    Funniest thing I’ve read on here in a REALLY long time!! Well done!!

    Funny RF story: A friend had two extra free tix to their show, and I would ordinarily say “Hell no!” but Darius Rucker was the opener, and I’m a huge Hootie fan, so I went to see that and was going to leave as soon as the Flat Rascals took the stage. Ended up staying for a bit, but the performance was so gut-wrenchingly comical, that, along with another guy at the show, we couldn’t stop ourselves from laughing and openly mocking the terrible vocal performance, the forced crowd participation (Garth never had to jam the mic into the crowd to get a response) and over-emotion on EVERY song. We actually had two girls, in their mid-to-late 20s, get MAD at us because they were enjoying the show so much.

    It was at that point we laughed the hardest all night, and promptly got up to go.

    Man, those guys are terrible, and it really goes to show just how far the “fans” have fallen in musical intelligence. It used to be that we’d demand TALENT in our Country groups. Little Texas, early-era-Lonestar, Restless Heart, or God forbid, Alabama – the greatest of them all.

    Now we’re left with 2 overweight guys and their ass-baring cousin.

  30. Jon
    December 4, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    It used to be that we’d demand TALENT in our Country groups. Little Texas, early-era-Lonestar, Restless Heart, or God forbid, Alabama – the greatest of them all.

    Now that is funny.

  31. Leeann Ward
    December 4, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    JCH,

    If my dad gave me a list of essential songs, books or movies when I was eighteen, the chances are good that I’d both lose the list and yet still remember many of the entries from it. I don’t think the fact that she lost even threatens the credibility/integrity of the project or concept of the project.

  32. idlewildsouth
    December 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    But your dad wasn’t Johnny Cash. John Rich told me Johnny Cash would really want someone to keep his list.

    In all seriousness though, in the book she talks about how much she is irritated about the perpetuation of the myth of Johnny Cash, and then turns around and records an album that in my mind perpetuates the myth of Cash as the consummate country/folk historian.

    And also, in the book, conversations are had about thinking “this would be a song he would have liked” as opposed to “I’m pretty sure this was on it”. So, the picture given isn’t that she remembered the list, but that she was guessing at the list. It just feels kind of like someone saying “Hey, I hear this joke earlier, and it was really funny. I forget how it went, but it was definitely funny.”

  33. JCH
    December 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Leeann,

    I am little confused. What did I write that you are in fact responding to? :)

  34. Leeann Ward
    December 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Oh, sorry, JCH. I meant to address idlewildsouth’s comment.

  35. JCH
    December 4, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Haha, it’s all good. Just slightly confused.

  36. Mayor JoBob
    December 4, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    I thought RF’s first two and a half albums were pretty good! Now they’re just making the same album over and over again…

  37. K
    December 5, 2009 at 12:25 am

    “I don’t care if they are nice down to earth guys, or if they snort lines of coke off stripper’s asses. They make boring music and the guy looks like a douche. That is all I have to say.”

    Way to be mature, buddy. You should look at yourself in the mirrior before criticizing others. Your adittude is disgusting.

    Noeller,

    I’m actually scared to know if you really have ths much hatred in you. Are you so insecure that you have to openly make fun of a band just because YOU don’t think they’re talented? How old are you?

    Plenty of people think they are very talented, and you can’t change that. If you don’t have anything nice to say then go listen to a band you do like and stop complaining. It almost makes me laugh that you’re so worked up in “convincing” other people your opinion is the only one.

    Sad.

  38. Josh
    December 5, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Since no one mentioned B&D’s article, then it truly is a sad thing for 9513 since the retirement is clearly evident. :( But to respond to that article, I find it fascinating and interesting to look into the minds of the marriage that’s been worn well like a pair of bold leathery boots (to borrow a B&D’s lingo). To be honest: I never thought of their relationship on a level that I’m just finding out now as if they accepted their own fate for 20 years and are blessed by it, despite people’s overly critical eye of thinking they have a resentment somewhere. Truly the news media and reporters can’t be that vain in shoving their suspicions onto the artist themselves. I agree with one fine point of the article…when they have long retired a few years, hear me whining for them to come back when I can’t be satisfied with the next long-term duo superstar (case in point: The Judds, B&D, ______)

  39. agent713
    December 5, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Well said Josh. I admit I never really thought much of the partnership behind B&D either. I have friends who are divorcing after 18 years together and it’s a similar story. They compromised a lot and now they’re just not willing to do that anymore.

    I agree that B&D “accepted their fate” and I say, all the power to them. I wish them luck with their future projects.

  40. Noeller
    December 5, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    “K” said: “…If you don’t have anything nice to say then go listen to a band you do like and stop complaining…”

    Orrrrrrrrrrrrr…….maybe I just like fighting on the internet and stirring up a hornets nest?? :)

    Nothing funnier to me, than watching the RF/Taylor girls get really worked up over something someone said on the internet.

    ha ha – you should see how things go on the Canadian football forums, or God forbid, the hockey forums up north – this ain’t NOTHIN’……… ;)

  41. K
    December 5, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    “Orrrrrrrrrrrrr…….maybe I just like fighting on the internet and stirring up a hornets nest?? :)”

    At least you admit it. I just happen to think it’s disrespectful to judge a band or their fans in the way you have, but that’s just me.

    If I think somoeone has crossed the line is attacking me (or anyone) personally I do tend to get worked up.

    If no one was passionate about the music or artists they love, I don’t think that’s always a bad thing. Getting worked up about something at least proves it means something to you and makes you feel something. To me, that’s the true measure of music.

    “Nothing funnier to me, than watching the RF/Taylor girls get really worked up over something someone said on the internet.”

    Fine if you find humor in that. I personally find nothing funny about bashing artists or fans that you will never know personally. It’s spiteful, hateful, and takes away from the purpose of a true discussion. Again though, that’s just my view.

    Every artist has fans that sometimes get overly sensitive, and I’ll admit sometimes it is comical. On the same token, don’t all artists want fans who are willing to stick up for their art? After all,that’s why they make records and tour the country.

    I didn’t mean any disrespect by what I said to anyone, and I will admit I did get a bit carried away. i guess this would be a discussion board if all though huh?

    Also, you say Taylor and RF fans get carried away? You’ve obviously NEVER met a Carrie Underwood fan then. I am one, but some of them are awful.

  42. Grizzly Adam
    December 6, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Okay…who’s trolling who? I’m confused.

  43. pat betterton
    June 24, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I want to find a music writer who will set my poems to music. please let me know if it is possible and if you would be interested. Thank you
    my address is 284 n ashley ave casa grande az 80122

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