Slacker Logo


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
Read More Read Less

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