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Earle takes on "The Saint of Lost Causes"

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – Justin Townes Earle will put out "The Saint of Lost Causes" on May 24 on New West Records.

The 12-song set was co-produced by Earle and his longtime engineer Adam Bednarik and was recorded at Sound Emporium in Nashville, which was founded by Cowboy Jack Clement in 1969.

"The Saint of Lost Causes" is Earle's follow up to his 2017 release, "Kids In The Street," and includes traditional country, blues, folk, western swing, roots-rock and boogie-woogie.

Earle, the son of Steve Earle, is said to focus on the disenfranchised, the oppressed and the oppressors, the hopeful and the hopeless and their geography. There's the drugstore-cowboy-turned-cop-killer praying for forgiveness ("Appalachian Nightmare") along with the Michiganders persevering through economic and industrial devastation ("Flint City Shake It"); the stuck mother dreaming of a better life on the right side of the California tracks ("Over Alameda") and the Cuban man in New York City weighed down by a world of regret ("Ahi Esta Mi Nina"); the "used up" soul desperate to get to New Orleans ("Ain't Got No Money") and the "sons of bitches" in West Virginia poisoning the land and sea ("Don't Drink The Water").

"I was trying to look through the eyes of America," Earle said. "Because I believe in the idea of America - that everybody's welcome here and has a right to be here."

Earle also announced his initial tour dates in support of the album, starting April 12 in Alabama and include a weeklong support tour with Rodrigo Y Gabriela, an appearance on NPR's Mountain Stage on May 19 (to be aired nationally on May 31), European dates, and The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival.

The track listing is 1. The Saint Of Lost Causes 2. Ain't Got No Money 3. Mornings In Memphis 4. Don't Drink The Water 5. Frightened By The Sound 6. Flint City Shake It 7. Over Alameda 8. Pacific Northwestern Blues 9. Appalachian Nightmare 10. Say Baby 11. Ahi Esta Mi Nina 12. Talking To Myself

Tour dates are:
April 12 Waverly, AL - Waverly Local
April 13 Columbia, SC - River Rocks Festival
April 14 Jacksonville, FL - Murray Hill Theatre
May 19 Charleston, WV - Culture Center Theatre / NPR Mountain Stage
June 1 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theater (with Rodrigo Y Gabriela)
June 2 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium (with Rodrigo Y Gabriela)
June 4 Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater (with Rodrigo Y Gabriela)
June 5 Charlottesville, VA - Sprint Pavilion (with Rodrigo Y Gabriela)
June 7 Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap (with Rodrigo Y Gabriela)
June 9 Grand Rapids, MI - Frederik Meijer Garden Amphitheater (with Rodrigo Y Gabriela)
June 15 Stockholm, SE - Sthlm Americana
June 16 Loderup, SE - Solhallen
June 18 Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Noord
June 20 London, UK - Union Chapel
June 22 - Tunbridge Wells, UK - Black Deer Festival
June 23 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
June 24 Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
June 25 Newcastle, UK - Live Theatre
June 26 Glasgow, UK - Oran Mor
Sept. 21-22 - Franklin, TN Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

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