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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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Justin Townes Earle


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

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