2345 Lexington Road
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The start of a new year calls for a celebration with champagne and confetti, but for outlaw country fans, it is also a bittersweet day, as we remember the loss of greats like Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt, who died in his mid-50s, back in 1997. To honor the singer-songwriter of classics such as “Tecumseh Valley” and “Pancho and Lefty,” Jim Porter’s hosts a tribute show in his honor every Jan. 1, with this year marking the tribute’s 10th anniversary. More than 30 local and regional singer-songwriters will be present, playing their version of Townes’ songs on two different stages. With gatherings like this (and covers of his tunes often popping up by Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and the like), Townes Van Zandt’s legacy and impact on country music will be longstanding. —Kelly Kettering