Although highly respected by his peers and other songwriters, Townes Van Zandt never reached significant fame during his lifetime. The mood and atmosphere of his music, coupled with his sometimes dark and sarcastic nature, was not suitable for the commercial country industry of Nashville. Van Zandt's songs did, however, reach popularity in his day through other artists; within his circle of outsider singer/songwriters, he was adored, though ultimately depression and alcoholism overshadowed his life. Van Zandt passed away in 1997, and the fact that artists as diverse as Robert Plant, Mudhoney, Norah Jones, Lyle Lovett and Bob Dylan have kept his songs alive and vital is a testament to the influence and impact of his music. Neurot Recordings presents the second installment of their homage to this great artist, following 2012's Songs of Townes Van Zandt from Saint Vitus / the Obsessed's Scott "Wino" Weinrich and Neurosis' Steve Von Till and Scott Kelly. Praise to the great artist and his brokenhearted love songs and gloom-ridden tales now emerges through John Baizley (Baroness), Nate Hall (U.S. Christmas) and Mike Scheidt (YOB, VHÖL), in another beautifully dark tribute: Songs of Townes Van Zandt Vol. II.