Justin Townes Earle about to start work on new CD
Monday, September 29, 2008
– Justin Townes Earle is about to start work on a new CD. Earle released his first full-length, "The Good Life," earlier this year on Bloodshot Records with the disc receiving positive reviews. Earle said late last week in Boston that he would enter the studio in October to record new music. Once again, RS Field will produce the disc.
Earle, who is on tour opening for Old Crow Medicine Show, said he hoped the new music would be out in early 2009. Bloodshot, once again, is slated to release the disc. Before signing with Bloodshot, Earle released an EP on his own to very limited release.
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Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
Just like his famously troubled father, Justin Townes Earle has often generated as much press for his substance-fueled escapades as his musical prowess. Thankfully, that genetic predilection has been tempered with a similarly potent gift for song craft and creative evolution, two elements that have distinguished Earle's catalog to date, particularly his last album, the sacred-meets-secular traditional modernism of 2010's "Harlem River Blues."
With his fifth and latest, »»»
Harlem River Blues
There are few obvious parallels between the music of Justin Townes Earle and that of the two men from whom he got his latter two names: his father, Steve, and Steve's idol, Townes Van Zandt. Ditto Justin's own idol, Woody Guthrie. On the surface, at least, Justin has more in common with Ricky Nelson, whose own dad, Ozzie, was also a bandleader. Hmmm...
Let it also be recalled that Ricky Nelson overcame doubters to become a pretty fair musician. Ditto J.T. Earle. »»»
Midnight at the Movies
Justin Townes Earle opts for a singer-songwriter realm that instantly brings to mind Kevin Welch, especially on the gorgeous title track. From there, it's a slow, honky-tonk song entitled What I Mean To You which falls a bit flat early and seems much too forced. The same can be said later on when he romps through the train-chugging Black Eyed Suzy.
When Earle keeps things on the straight and narrow, the performances shine as is the case on They Killed John Henry, a sparse toe tapper that »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Trampled by Turtles leads stellar night
The animals ruled, for the most part, led by Trampled by Turtles, in a superb trifecta of music long on musicianship and quality songs.
Trampled by Turtles, who headlined the sterling bill that also included Elephant Revival and Hurray for the Riff Raff (not animalistic unless the "riff raff" act that way), are going through some major sonic changes.... »»»
Concert Review: Goodnight, Texas gets on the map
Goodnight, Texas is a town with a small population - 28 according to the band's web site. So, if anything is going to put the unincorporated dot on the map, it may be the bi-coastal country band that stole the name.
Avi Vinocur, who dwells in San Francisco, and Patrick Dyer Wolf, of North Carolina, are the mainstays of the band with them... »»»
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