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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

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.   What Do You Do When You're Lonesome
  13.   Who Am I to Say
  14.   Round the Bend
  15.   Can't Hardly Wait
  16.   Poor Fool
  17.   Here We Go Again
  18.   Champagne Corolla
  19.   Unfortunately, Anna
  20.   Won't Be the Last Time
  21.   Ain't Waitin'
  22.   Wanderin'
  23.   Hard Livin'
  24.   Mama's Eyes
  25.   Move Over Mama
  26.   Midnight at the Movies
  27.   Learning to Cry
  28.   Rogers Park
  29.   Workin' for the Mta
  30.   The Good Life
  31.   There Go A Fool
  32.   Call Ya Momma
  33.   Glory Days
  34.   Someday I'll Be Forgiven for This
  35.   Walk Out
  36.   Looking for a Place to Land
  37.   Farther From Me
  38.   Black Eyed Suzy
  39.   Someone Will Pay
  40.   Faded Valentine
  41.   You Can't Leave
  42.   Slow Monday
  43.   When the One You Love Loses Faith
  44.   Day and Night
  45.   Least I Got the Blues
  46.   Why
  47.   Single Mothers
  48.   Worried Bout the Weather
  49.   White Gardenias
  50.   Lonesome and You
  51.   Let the Waters Rise
  52.   The Ghost of Virginia
  53.   One More Night in Brooklyn
  54.   Do Lord
  55.   Today and a Lonely Night
  56.   Down in the Valley
  57.   Burning Pictures
  58.   Yuma
  59.   Wanna Be a Stranger
  60.   My Baby Drives
  61.   I Don't Care
  62.   A Desolate Angels Blues
  63.   Halfway to Jackson
  64.   Ain't Glad I'm Leaving
  65.   Maria
  66.   It's Cold in This House
  67.   Far Away in Another Town
  68.   Picture in a Drawer
  69.   Time Shows Fools
  70.   What I Mean to You
  71.   South Georgia Sugar Babe
  72.   Dirty Rag

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