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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


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    Outlaw Country

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

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