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Justin Townes Earle

In some respects, Justin Townes Earle seemed destined from birth to be a musician -- his father, Steve Earle, is one of America's most acclaimed singer/songwriters, and he was named in part for Townes Van Zandt, a close friend to Earle and an equally legendary tunesmith. But Justin also grew up learning the downside of the musician's life, and came up against some of the same demons that haunted his father. Born in 1982, Justin Townes Earle didn't see much of his dad through most of his childhood; after the release of his first album in 1986, Steve was often on the road, and a serious drug habit sidelined him through much of the early '90s. Despite it all, Justin developed an appetite for music, and in his teens began playing and singing with two different Nashville groups, a rock band called the Distributors and a bluegrass-influenced acoustic combo, the Swindlers. Justin also spent some time as a member of his father's touring band the Dukes, and sang one of his own songs, "The Time You Waste," on Steve's 2003 live album Just an American Boy. But Justin was fired from the Dukes after a dangerous appetite for drugs began interfering with his performances, and Justin told a Los Angeles Times reporter that he suffered his fifth major drug overdose, one that put him in the hospital for several days, when he was only 21. But that misadventure put Justin on the road to recovery, and once clean and sober he began putting a new focus on his music and songwriting. In 2007, Justin unveiled a critically acclaimed EP, Yuma, on his own J-Trane Music label, and later that year he signed with the respected "insurgent country" label Bloodshot, which released his debut album, The Good Life, on March 25, 2008. He followed it with Midnight at the Movies in 2009 and Harlem River Blues in 2010. While touring in support of Harlem River Blues, Earle was involved in an altercation with a club owner after a show in Indianapolis, IN, which led to a brief stay in jail and a return to rehab for alcohol issues. Since then, Earle has reportedly been clean and sober, and continued to record and tour steadily. In 2012, Earle released the album Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now, and dipped his toes into production, working behind the board on Unfinished Business, an album by pioneering rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson. After Earle's contract with Bloodshot had run its course, he signed a deal with Communion Records, a UK label owned in part by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, but the deal soon turned into a war of words between Earle and the label's A&R staff, with Earle frequently posting angry messages on Twitter about his dealing with the company. In 2014, Earle finally re-emerged with a new album, Single Mothers, which was released by the American independent label Vagrant Records. Single Mothers was recorded in tandem with a companion album, Absent Fathers, but rather than release them together, Earle decided the two sets of songs would be more powerful as separate works, and Absent Fathers arrived in Januray 2015. ~ Mark Deming
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Stations Featuring
Justin Townes Earle


    19 songs


    5 songs

    Outlaw Country

    Outlaw Country
    1 song

    Alt Country

    Alt Country
    2 songs

    Adult Alternative

    1 song

    Adult Rock

    1 song

Albums by
Justin Townes Earle

Top Songs by
Justin Townes Earle

  1.   Song
  2.   Look the Other Way
  3.   Christchurch Woman
  4.   Harlem River Blues
  5.   Maybe Baby
  6.   Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
  7.   Lone Pine Hill
  8.   Movin' On
  9.   They Killed John Henry
  10.   Turn out My Lights
  11.   Slippin' and Slidin
  12.   Round the Bend
  13.   Hard Livin'
  14.   Ain't Waitin'
  15.   What Do You Do When You're Lonesome
  16.   Here We Go Again
  17.   Unfortunately, Anna
  18.   Who Am I to Say
  19.   Won't Be the Last Time
  20.   Wanderin'
  21.   Poor Fool
  22.   Can't Hardly Wait
  23.   Mama's Eyes
  24.   Move Over Mama
  25.   I Don't Care
  26.   Looking for a Place to Land
  27.   When the One You Love Loses Faith
  28.   It's Cold in This House
  29.   Time Shows Fools
  30.   White Gardenias
  31.   One More Night in Brooklyn
  32.   Walk Out
  33.   Ain't Glad I'm Leaving
  34.   A Desolate Angels Blues
  35.   Dirty Rag
  36.   Wanna Be a Stranger
  37.   Down in the Valley
  38.   You Can't Leave
  39.   Someone Will Pay
  40.   Slow Monday
  41.   Day and Night
  42.   Call Ya Momma
  43.   Least I Got the Blues
  44.   Why
  45.   Farther From Me
  46.   Glory Days
  47.   Burning Pictures
  48.   Today and a Lonely Night
  49.   Rogers Park
  50.   Learning to Cry
  51.   Yuma
  52.   Do Lord
  53.   Workin' for the Mta
  54.   South Georgia Sugar Babe
  55.   The Ghost of Virginia
  56.   Worried Bout the Weather
  57.   Someday I'll Be Forgiven for This
  58.   The Good Life
  59.   Black Eyed Suzy
  60.   Maria
  61.   Halfway to Jackson
  62.   Far Away in Another Town
  63.   Midnight at the Movies
  64.   Lonesome and You
  65.   Single Mothers
  66.   Let the Waters Rise
  67.   My Baby Drives
  68.   Picture in a Drawer
  69.   What I Mean to You

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