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."
It's true. Hard times beget hard times. But hard times also beget country music -- real country music, not the pop schlock that occupies a seat on the Voice.
These are hard times, and hard times are often hardest on the working man. And Whitey Morgan and the 78's, a honky tonk band from Flint, Mich., are from a city that's seen its share of tough luck.