Earle heads to New West
Thursday, March 2, 2017
– Justin Townes Earle signed to New West Records and will return with "Kids In The Street" on May 26.
The 12-song set was produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit) at his ARC Studios, and is the first time in his career that Earle has worked with an outside producer. Kids In The Street marks a decade into Earle's recording career and follows "Single Mothers (2014) and "Absent Fathers" (2015).
"Life has changed a lot for me in the last few years," said Earle, 35. "I got married and am getting ready to become a father, and this is the first record that I've written since I've been married. There's definitely an uplifting aspect to this record in a lot of ways, because I'm feeling pretty positive."
"When I wrote songs in the past, I was looking in on what I was feeling, but this record's more about looking outward on what's happening, and writing about subjects like gentrification and inner city strife. This record also has more of a soul influence to it, and it's got a deeper connection to the blues than anything I've done before."
The album is now available for pre-order via PledgeMusic including a limited edition colored vinyl version of the LP, special 7" single including "May be A Moment" as well as Earle's reading of Paul Simon's "Graceland," and cassette.
Several of the songs on Kids On The Street reference the lower-middle-class Nashville neighborhoods of Earle's youth. Earle was the son of Steve Earle. The album is the first of Earle's not recorded in Nashville. "It's the first time that I've worked outside of my usual umbrella of people to make a record," Earle said, adding "In Nashville, if you have the right connections, it'll spoil the shit out of you because you've got access to the best musicians in the world and the best studios in the world. If you had told me when I started making records, that I wasn't gonna make every record in Nashville, I would have told you you were crazy. And if you'd told me that I'd end up making a record in Omaha, I'd tell you you were out of your freaking mind."
New West Records President John Allen stated about Earle's signing to the label, "When I first met a young Justin Townes Earle, it was evident then he was intent on following his own artistic path. As his publisher, I saw his songwriting evolve to a literary depth and swagger that maintained that unique vision. New West is very proud to release Justin's next album of his best work yet."
The track listing is:
1. Champagne Corolla
2. May be A Moment
3. What's She Crying For
5. Kids In The Street
6. Faded Valentine
7. What's Goin' Wrong
8. Short Hair Woman
9. Same Old Stagolee
10. If I Was The Devil
11. Trouble Is
12. There Go A Fool
Earle will tour this spring with his longtime guitarist Paul Niehaus alongside The Sadies as his backing band (they will also support each show). The full band tour will kick off with Earle's appearance at this year's Stagecoach Festival in Indio, Cal. on April 28. Prior to the full band performances, Earle will perform a solo March residency at the Doug Fir Lounge located in his new home of Portland, Ore. as well as two solo, acoustic shows in Georgia.
Tour dates are:
March 14, 25, 29 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge (Solo)
April 6 - Atlanta, GA - City Winery (Solo)
April 7 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Music Festival (Solo)
April 28 - Indio, CA - Stagecoach Festival
April 29 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
May 3 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
May 4 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theater
May 5 - Houston, TX - The Heights Theater
May 6 - Lafayette, LA - Arcadiana Center for the Arts
May 8 - Franklin, TN - Franklin Theatre
May 9 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
May 11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
May 12 - Fall River, MA - Narrows Center for the Arts
May 13 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
May 15 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
May 16 - Kent, OH - The Kent Stage
May 17 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
May 18 - Bloomington, IL - The Castle Theatre
May 19 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
May 20 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
May 22 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
May 23 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
May 24 - Iowa City, IA - The Englert Theatre
May 26 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater
May 28 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
May 30 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
June 2 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
More news for Justin Townes Earle
CD reviews for Justin Townes Earle
The Saint of Lost Causes
When your Dad's Steve Earle and your namesake is Townes Van Zandt, you probably aren't destined to be a shoemaker. A native of Music City, Justin Townes Earle ate well from the horn of plenty that is the Nashville scene. He kicked around in some bands, but also generally raised a lot of hell. Around 2007, he started releasing albums regularly - "Saint of Lost Causes" is his eighth release and the first since 2017's critically well-received "Kids In the Street. »»»
Kids in the Street
With "Kids In The Street," Justin Townes Earle moves comfortably between country, blues, folk and rock. The strongest country tunes are the traditional sounding weeper "What's She Crying For," featuring slick pedal steel guitar work from Paul Niehaus, and the catchy ballad "Faded Valentine," a sweetly melancholic tale of lost love that highlights producer Mike Mogis on mandolin.
The nostalgic title track finds Earle reminiscing about his unspectacular childhood »»»
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 »»»
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: For Brooks and fans, a most unusual change of pace
To say that this was a change of pace for Garth Brooks - not to mention his fans - would be an understatement of the highest degree. Brooks all but begged during the show to be playing next door at Gillette Stadium where the New England Patriots play.
But, alas, Brooks exuded joy and excitement at the chance to play before about 500 people at a club,... »»»
Concert Review: LBT proves more than capable
If you have seen Little Big Town in the last decade, it could have been anywhere from a B stage at a Rib Fest to a 20,000-seat amphitheater as the opener for some of country's top acts. Their current "Nightfall" tour rightfully proves they are more than capable and well deserved being billed as a top headlining act.... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time
Elsewhere in the news
Currently at the CST blogs
When recording its album "Play the Hits," The Mavericks approached this covers album in much the same way the band creates any of its other studio albums. "Above all, we're always trying to reach a certain musical bar that we... »»»
The release of "Onward," his eighth studio album, finds veteran Texas Music/Red Dirt artist Stoney Larue at a crossroads. After almost two decades on the road, playing 200 shows a year across America and abroad, he has had success... »»»
Eleven years ago, Kelly stepped away from music. She had just finished touring on 2007's exquisite "Translated From Love" and felt the angst of being a travelling musician with family at home. At that point, Willis and her husband, musician/producer Bruce Robison,... »»»
For a brief moment last summer, the news of Tony Kinman's death was, if not greatly exaggerated, then at least fortuitously premature. The roots rock icon, known for his work in The Dils, Rank and File, Blackbird and Cowboy Nation with his younger brother Chip, had been diagnosed with cancer in March 2018,... »»»
Until recently, Chris Shiflett took a somewhat obsessive/compulsive approach to his music career. For the past two decades, Shiflett has been the primary guitar foil for Dave Grohl in Foo Fighters; early in his tenure, Shiflett was so self-deprecatingly... »»»
It's not unusual for country artists to include a few party anthems on their albums. These tracks help lighten the mood among a record's heavier moments and make for fun concert numbers. The Cadillac Three »»»
John Moreland's plain, unpretentious title indicates more of the same, but those of you (most of you most likely) expecting another batch of great, but deeply sad songs may find a few surprises on "LP 5." »»»
What I Came Here For
James Steinle is an emerging Texas singer-songwriter, who is already being hailed by Ray Wylie Hubbard and compared to story telling greats like Robert Earl Keen. Given that Bruce Robison produced "What I Came Here For" speaks volumes »»»
The band name may suggest Appalachia and in some respects their sound does, but Lil Smokies hail from Montana, and deliver "Tornillo," their third release, which is named for the town where the studio for this release, Sonic Ranch, is located. »»»
Little Big Town gets billed as a country music vocal group, but "Nightfall" plays out more like a four-headed singer-songwriter effort. Many of these songs hearken back to some of the best '70s introspective songwriter efforts. »»»
Hawktail features some of the finest players of a generation in traditional American acoustic music. The product of their collaboration, "Formations," is a testament to the musical milieu in which they create. »»»