For those of you that know me personally, you already know that I am a big fan of Justin Townes Earle. Have been for years. I’ve probably seen him now live around six times and recently drove all the way to Nashville to see him open for Dwight Yoakam. I have been waiting for another album for a few years now and am thrilled at his new album release today, Single Mothers.
For this album, he wanted to bring it back home to his roots with a bit of a different sound than his previous records.
“My records before were full ten- to thirteen-piece bands, and I wanted to do something simpler that could be replicated live,” says the 32-year-old Americana artist. “I worked my way back to the Memphis, more bluesy sound where I started.” This time around he enlisted some of his friends, Paul Niehaus of Calexico and Matt Pence and Mark Hedman from Texas’ Centro-matic to help him achieve his sound.
Back in February, I saw Justin perform to a tiny audience at one of my favorite venues in Los Angeles, McCabe’s Guitar shop. It was there that he first shared one of his new songs, “White Gardenias”, and I’ve been waiting for the album ever since.
Not only is his sound authentic and soulful, but his songwriting is the type that significantly pulls at your heart strings. This guy has been through some struggles in his life and you can feel it (he is the son of musician Steve Earle). I can’t say enough good things about JTE. When you see him live, he will mesmerize you and you will keep coming back for more just like I have since I first heard his music. His great sense of style just adds to the magic.
He is on tour for this new album so follow along to see when he hits your town.