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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, Indiana, 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 U.K. 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 dealings 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 January 2015. In 2017, Earle released the album Kids in the Street, his first for the respected independent label New West Records. He supported the release with a concert tour in tandem with the celebrated Canadian group the Sadies, who served as his opening act as well as his backing band. ~ 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

Albums by
Justin Townes Earle

Top Songs by
Justin Townes Earle

  1.   Song
  2.   Christchurch Woman
  3.   Look the Other Way
  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.   Who Am I to Say
  13.   Hard Livin'
  14.   Can't Hardly Wait
  15.   Ain't Waitin'
  16.   Wanderin'
  17.   Move Over Mama
  18.   What Do You Do When You're Lonesome
  19.   Unfortunately, Anna
  20.   Won't Be the Last Time
  21.   Poor Fool
  22.   Here We Go Again
  23.   Round the Bend
  24.   Champagne Corolla
  25.   Mama's Eyes
  26.   Memphis in the Rain
  27.   Baby's Got a Bad Idea
  28.   Down on the Lower East Side
  29.   Am I That Lonely Tonight?
  30.   You Can't Leave
  31.   If I Was the Devil
  32.   Kids in the Street
  33.   Call Ya Momma
  34.   Least I Got the Blues
  35.   Today and a Lonely Night
  36.   Worried Bout the Weather
  37.   Workin' for the Mta
  38.   One More Night in Brooklyn
  39.   Learning to Cry
  40.   Black Eyed Suzy
  41.   Far Away in Another Town
  42.   Maybe a Moment
  43.   The Ghost of Virginia
  44.   Looking for a Place to Land
  45.   Someone Will Pay
  46.   Slow Monday
  47.   When the One You Love Loses Faith
  48.   Day and Night
  49.   Why
  50.   Farther From Me
  51.   Single Mothers
  52.   Maria
  53.   Someday I'll Be Forgiven for This
  54.   Midnight at the Movies
  55.   A Desolate Angels Blues
  56.   Let the Waters Rise
  57.   South Georgia Sugar Babe
  58.   Same Old Stagolee
  59.   Do Lord
  60.   Short Hair Woman
  61.   Wanna Be a Stranger
  62.   Ain't Glad I'm Leaving
  63.   It's Cold in This House
  64.   What's Goin' Wrong
  65.   The Good Life
  66.   15-25
  67.   What's She Crying For
  68.   Graceland
  69.   Glory Days
  70.   Burning Pictures
  71.   My Baby Drives
  72.   Time Shows Fools
  73.   White Gardenias
  74.   What I Mean to You
  75.   Lonesome and You
  76.   Yuma
  77.   Walk Out
  78.   Trouble Is
  79.   Rogers Park
  80.   There Go a Fool
  81.   Picture in a Drawer
  82.   Dirty Rag
  83.   Halfway to Jackson
  84.   Faded Valentine
  85.   Down in the Valley
  86.   I Don't Care