since I said we’re calling this Townes van Zandt week here at rock’n’rill, I figure I owe you another song.
“If I Needed You” is undoubtedly one of Townes’s prettiest songs and it’s been covered a bunch of times. My friend Rachel Harrington (www.rachelharrington.net), however, had this cool idea to combine “If I Needed You” with “Fort Worth Blues”, Steve Earle’s ode to his mentor. This is 90 percent her arrangement.
She sacrificed the verse about Townes’s parrots Lupe & Lil for the Ft. Worth part cause she didn’t like the parrot verse all that much.
I got to sing the Steve Earle part and play some harmonica and guitar.
This duet went on a little record of mine entitled The Hobo Companion. As the title suggests, it’s a companion piece to Hobo Dream which was released in early 2004. (Both CDs are available through my website www.markusrill.net)
Anyway, I hope you like this duet. Do leave a comment, guys.
Thanks for listening,