September 6th, 2011
H-Town Showdown: #4 The Food Truck Fad vs. #7 Townes Van Zandt
Now that the first round of the H-Town Showdown is officially over, things get a bit more interesting. Those that made it, did so because of their strong followings. Sides had to be chosen. Rifts were created. The coming decisions will only get more difficult.
In the second match, Houston’s burgeoning moveable feast stands up to one of music’s most revered musicians—it’s The Food Truck Fad calling out Townes Van Zandt. Combined, they had to slug it out with the The Houston Music Scene and N.A.S.A. just to get here. Tough call. Who’ve ya got?
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.) here in Houston at the Old Quarter. 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.
Note to Charles: Thanks for correcting us.
Seed #4: The Houston Food Truck Fad
We know that just because The Loop Scoop hasn’t even hit its “Terrible Twos” yet that just because something is happening in Houston now doesn’t mean it wasn’t happening before we were birthed by the interspheres. But let’s all recognize that outside of the taco trucks of yester-year, the food truck craze that has struck the Bayou City is a new fad and a delicious one at that. More magnetic than any restaurant front we can think of, a food truck sitting out front of a favorite watering hole calls to us like a alpenhorn. Houston has given its streets up to the likes of Zilla Street Eats , H-Town StrEATS, Ashka’s East Meets West, Good Dog Hot Dog, Hubcap Grill, Melange Creperie, The Rolling Thunder, 3 Cajun Pigs, Eatsie Boys, Bernie’s Burger Bus… Honestly, we can’t go on. We’ve tried to keep track via a twitter list and even that’s difficult to use because on any given night we could see ourselves waiting patiently at the side of the truck to be served our dinner in a cardboard boat. And, look, we haven’t even delved into the established taco truck scene… Our bellies are full just thinking about all of it.