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Earle, RaeLynn, Ickes/Hensley release new music

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – Justin Townes Earle is releasing the bookend to last fall's disc today. "Absent Fathers," which contains a few songs with apparent references to his father, Steve Earle, follows up on last September's "Single Mothers." While recorded at the same time, Earle wanted to release the new music separately.

Dobro master Rob Ickes and east Tennessee singer Troy Hensley teamed up for "Before the Sun Goes Down," which mixes country and bluegrass. The two co-produced the music. They include a cover of Billy Joe Shaver's "Georgia on A Fast Train."

RaeLynn, who has a hit with "God Made Girls," releases a five-song EP, "MEEP." The Texas native collaborated with notable producers Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line), Dann Huff (Keith Urban) and newcomer Jimmy Robbins for the five-song project. The singer, born Racheal Lynn Woodward, was a contestant on The Voice in 2012.

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Fans of the early Justin Townes Earle might be disappointed in the work that fills "Absent Fathers," his 2015 album that shows the once reckless outlaw-wannabe has grown up past the anger and found a home in therapeutic songwriting. For the rest of listeners, however, it's a cathartic and thought-provoking journey through his atonement, not with his muddy past, but instead with his own pain. Earle's voice hints of the same grittiness found in Black Keys front man Dan »»»
Single Mothers CD review - Single Mothers
We've all heard Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird" more times than we can count and have likely played air guitar to it many of those times too. And the lifestyle it celebrates is one few Americans experience throughout their lives. You know, being able to love 'em and leave 'em while going on to the next town. Justin Townes Earle's "Single Mothers" presents - at least in part - the consequences of adults trying to live that lifestyle. »»»
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: Carlile warms hearts with empathetic thoughts – Brandi Carlile, dressed festively with a Santa hat, began her mid-week concert set with Joni Mitchell's "River" and closed with the carol "O Holy Night." In between, she sang about an equal measure of old and new songs. And on this first night of a short acoustic tour, Carlile was both in fine spirits and voice.... »»»
Concert Review: Daniels wears out bows, but music endures – After each of the first few songs Charlie Daniels played, his 'fiddle tech (?)' exchanged his bow. Is this because he was playing particularly hard? Perhaps. Whatever the case, Daniels and his five-piece band clearly appeared to be giving it their all during the act's hour-and-a-half set. As it is the Christmas month, Daniels sang a... »»»
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