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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Absent Fathers

1. Farther From Me

2. Why

3. Least I Got The Blues

4. Call Ya Momma

5. Day And Night

6. Round The Bend

7. When The One You Love Loses Faith

8. Slow Monday

9. Someone Will Pay

10. Looking For A Place To Land

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Track List: Single Mothers

1. Worried Bout The Weather

2. Single Mothers

3. My Baby Drives

4. Today And A Lonely Night

5. Picture In A Drawer

6. Wanna Be A Stranger

7. White Gardenias

8. Time Shows Fools

9. It's Cold In This House

10. Burning Pictures

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Track List: Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now

1. Am I That Lonely Tonight?

2. Look The Other Way

4. Baby's Got A Bad Idea

5. Maria

6. Down On The Lower East Side

7. Won't Be The Last Time

8. Memphis In The Rain

9. Unfortunately, Anna

10. Movin' On

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Track List: Harlem River Blues

1. Harlem River Blues

2. One More Night In Brooklyn

3. Move Over Mama

4. Working For The Mta

5. Wanderin

6. Slippin And Slidin

7. Christchurch Woman

8. Learning To Cry

9. Ain't Waitin

10. Rogers Park

11. Harlem River Blues (Reprise)

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Track List: Midnight at the Movies

1. Midnight At the Movies

2. What I Mean to You

3. They Killed John Henry

4. Mama's Eyes

5. Dirty Rag

6. Can't Hardly Wait

7. Black Eyed Suzy

8. Poor Fool

9. Halfway to Jackson

10. Someday I'll Be Forgiven For This

11. Walk Out

12. Here We Go Again

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Track List: The Good Life

1. Hard Livin'

2. The Good Life

3. Who Am I To Say

4. Lone Pine Hill

5. South Georgia Sugar Babe

6. What Do You Do When You're Lonesome

7. Turn Out My Lights

8. Lonesome and You

9. Ain't Glad I'm Leaving

10. Far Away In Another Town

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Track List: Yuma

1. The Ghost Of Virginia

2. You Can't Leave

3. Yuma

4. I Don't Care

5. Let The Waters Rise

6. A Desolate Angels Blues

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Track List: Time Shows Fools (Single)

8. Time Shows Fools

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Track List: White Gardenias (Single)

7. White Gardenias

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tchill_98
Lose who?
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It's a cry in shame that we loose so many like him. Awsome talient. Like his father,more awsome talient
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Makes me cry, every time.
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Wonderful, in all ways.
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dmcgowan6910
I've been telling everyone about Justin Townes Earle!!!! What a gift. He's real!!��
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bjohns7778
We're diggin' out Five Forks, waitin in the rain for Sheridan to bring us to our knees...
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Such a wonderful tapestry of sounds - just gorgeous to listen to.
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Lone pine hill...nice, very nice!
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Great tune!
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better than daddy
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love his daddy's sound.. and now the son.. smooth voice.. like velvet
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Still a great f**king song!!!!
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For 20 years my favorite writer has been John Hiatt but this young man is so passionate he is no1 now
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I was talking about Yuma I guess they post this on every song.
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What great f**king song!!!!!!
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Far more talented then Steve but that's my opinion.
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Outstanding!
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matthewzeltz e r
Edit- his 2009 album was Midnight at the Movies
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burkify
This kid is special. I wish him the best.
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Like his father. Doing it his own way
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Saw him in Detroit at the Majestic Theatre, great show with Tift!
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He has toured Australia a few times great preformer can't wait till he comes back.
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meadowshire
Living in the Richmond, VA area, love the Civil War battle references in Lone Pine Hill
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Saw him on Bluegrass Underground. Figured him for Steve's son even though he looked more like Buddy Holiday. He's a heritage kid with his own sound. Great combination!
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curt.hewett
Heard him 5/14/11, at the Beaufort Musical Festival, Beaufort, NC, solo. I was blown away.
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I am going to see him this month, looking forward to it!!!!!
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katiejones90
having so much crap on the radio makes discovering a good musician much more enjoyable. I'm glad I found Justin's music and cant wait till he comes out with more.
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Shocked to hear on pandora??? He was on Letterman about a month ago
and blew everyone away. Great artist and hope he gets the attention he deserves.
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alli.cumming s
This guy hangs out at my local bar in NYC. Shocked to hear him on Pandora!
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Here are two recent articles from Louisville.c o m on Justin. The first is an interview, the second is a review of his feisty show after a night in an Indy jail:

http://www.l o u i s v i l l e . c o m / c o n t e n t / j u s t i n - t o w n e s - e a r l e - r e v i e w - n i g h t - j a i l - c a n t - k e e p - h i m - d o w n - m u s i c
http://www.l o u i s v i l l e . c o m / c o n t e n t / j u s t i n - t o w n e s - e a r l e - i n t e r v i e w - m a n - s t y l e - a n d - s u b s t a n c e - m u s i c
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world7one0
Amen, country music needs some soul!!
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If given the opportunity, this guy could do for country music today what Dwight did for it in the 80's. And boy, could it use someone interesting involved in it !

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