Townes Van Zandt casts a long, intense shadow over Americana music. Many have covered the Texas legend, but few have channeled his honky-tonk existenstialism like Whitey Morgan & the 78s on one of Townes' early masterpieces, "Waiting 'Round to Die."
Ever wonder if popular music is better today than it was, say, 40 years ago? Frankly, it isn't. Even with Gangnam style, it's hard to imagine this year producing so many recordings as important as the best of 1972.