April 27th, 2011

H-Town Showdown: #2 N.A.S.A. vs. #7 Townes van Zandt

Welcome to our H-Town Showdown series. Our brackets are seeded and the contenders for the title are ready to go. On a bi-weekly basis we’ll present a new match-up. There will be four weeks of voting for each competition in each round. So rally up your friends, followers and fans. This will be a true test of attrition.

Well, here’s the second bout of the question marks. Gridlock kept this one from getting out the door, that’s why it’s a week or so late. Lockouts, filibusters, and strikes were seen at the Loop Scoop offices—that’s what freedom does. In the end, the votes spoke. It would be the National Aeronautics and Space Administration vs. Townes Van Zandt. It’s government vs. man.

Only your votes can make a difference…


Seed #2: N.A.S.A.
It put Houston among the internationally known cities, when on the moon our city’s great name was the first word spoken. It’s the world’s most advanced space industry right in our back yard. NASA’s brought tourism and continues to do so. It’s gathered the likes of Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Gary Senese all at once. Long after the reputation of Texas Rebels and the Old West Frontier had been established, LBJ changed the city’s persona to that of space and the New Frontier. It continues just over 50 years after its inception to provide Houston and her surrounding areas with something completely unique. Don’t talk to me about Cape Canaveral.


Seed #7: Townes van Zandt
This singer/song writer isn’t much well known outside this little state of ours. Hell, he’s not well known outside of Houston. Those familiar with older country, could probably tell you that one of his better live shows was recorded right down on Galveston in ‘73 at the Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe. It’s still there. Further more, those same good ol’ boys and girls, could probably also tell you that his songs have more times than not, been catapulted to a national audience by other artists. “If I Needed You” was recorded by Don Williams and Emmylou Harris, reaching the big number THREE on the country charts. “Pancho and Lefty” as re-imagined by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, might just be THE SONG you know. Regardless of name recognition, his influence goes well beyond country—hitting Neil Young, Kings of Leon, Cowboy Junkies, Norah Jones, Robert Plant, and Bright Eyes.

[Voting ends May 18th at 12PM]
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cfroggie — Wednesday, April 27, 2011 3:57 pm

Sorry NASA, you can take your retired space shuttles and move to NYC.

Alexander — Thursday, June 30, 2011 4:32 pm

Townes in a walkaway for the same reasons as cfroggie.


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