Played guitar and sang.
Was the greatest songwriter in American history (IMHO).
Died at 52 of heart failure.
Was born in Texas, called Colorado and Tennessee home.
Had 3 wives.
Was an alcoholic and did plenty of drugs.
I discovered his songs because I heard Lyle Lovett's version of Townes' song
If I Needed You (or is it If You Needed Me)
Nice documentary on him right now at: