Author(s): Hardy Robert Earl
Like Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt was the embodiment of that mythic American figure, the troubled troubadour. "A Deeper Blue" traces Van Zandt background as the scion of a prominent Texas family; his troubled early years and his transformation from promising pre-law student to wandering folk singer; his life on the road and the demons that pursued and were pursued by him; the women who loved and inspired him; and, the brilliance and enduring beauty of his songs.
ROBERT EARL HARDY has been a professional writer for twenty-five years, with articles on twentieth century American music and the arts published in newspapers, journals and magazines, most recently in The Oxford American. Also a musician, since the 1970s. Mr. Hardy has played guitar in bands in the Washington, D.C. area. He lives in Maryland.