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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

    New Alternative First

    New Alternative First
    1 song


    19 songs


    5 songs

    Outlaw Country

    Outlaw Country
    1 song

    Alt Country

    2 songs

    Adult Alternative

    1 song

    Adult Rock

    1 song

Albums by
Justin Townes Earle

Top Songs by
Justin Townes Earle

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

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