Justin Townes Earle New Album and UK Tour Dates

Justin Townes Earle New Album and UK Tour Dates

Justin Townes Earle New Album and UK Tour Dates

Justin Townes Earle is set to release his New West Records debut Kids in The Street on 26th May. 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.

Earle has announced a quartet of UK dates in the summer:

Monday 26 June – The Tunnels – Bristol
Saturday 01 July – Maverick Festival – Suffolk
Monday 03 July – The Crescent – York

Tuesday 04 July – Omeara – London

 Track from new album, Kids In The Street, Maybe A Moment. Directed by Alicia J. Rose, follows two young girls hitchiking together and ending up in a bar where Justin is playing. He told Billboard: “It reminded me a lot of playing the Springwater in Nashville. When I was 15 years old I would play from noon ’til seven at night there. There used to be this [girl] that showed up in mini-skirts and halter tops and she and her friends would dance in front of the stage. There’d be two old drunks at the bar, the girls dancing in front of me – and those girls never looked like the ones in the video, that’s for sure.”

Justin Townes Earle New Album and UK Tour Dates‘Kids In the Street’ will be available digitally, as well as compact disc and vinyl. The album is now available for pre-order via PledgeMusic including an exclusive, limited edition colored vinyl version of the LP, special 7” single including ‘Maybe A Moment’ as well as Earle’s reading of Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’, and cassette.

‘Kids In The Street’ Track Listing:
1. Champagne Corolla
2. Maybe A Moment
3. What’s She Crying For
4. 15-25
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
Justin Townes Earle New Album and UK Tour Dates

CD Review: Justin Townes Earle ~ Absent Fathers

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Justin Townes Earle
Absent Fathers
Vagrant Records
/ Loose Music

This is Justin’s sixth album, a companion to Single Mothers and completes a circle that will be resonant in many listeners memories of childhood. The album is packed with emotion that flows through words, vocal tone and musical contours collectively they shape the album and the theme. Justin Townes Earle’s talent in writing as sitting in a confessional is cathartic for the listener as abandonment and all the hurt and bewilderment this leaves as a deep emotional scar that beds itself in and refuses to go away.

It is an album that has a nostalgic feel too much of the music with Nashville country, Memphis rock and soul yet the over-arching dominant force is the vocal tones that can deliver lyrics that are enriching, twist your heart and bind your soul as he takes you on a journey full of anger, regret an d sorrow. The opening track Rather From Me opens with the lines “Wish I could say that I know you, Cause lord, I wanna understand; Need you to know there’s nothing I want more in this world as a man.” Least I Got the Blues is a country blues number, we always have the blues that is a constant and is followed by Call Ya Momma which is an oxymoron of a track with its somber hurtful lyrics backed with a feel good jaunty feet-tapping melody; irony hangs heavy across the speakers and is the first single of the album.
Watch or Listen here

‘CALL YA MOMMA’

Following the release of his critically acclaimed album Absent Fathers via Loose Music earlier this year, Justin Townes Earle has now shared a new video for single ‘Call Ya Momma“.
The video was directed by Andrew Van Ball, which here gives a Western twist on Ambrose Bierce’s classic short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.

This is not a negative album it is also full of how Justin is resilient and after many attempts at re-hab he has been sober since 2011 and the album shows how we can change recover and not be constrained by the hurt that has shaped us. Day and Night is moving into the light “Today’s got me a good woman; Standing in the kitchen with the sun comes through the curtains”; a recognition of the power his wife has had in his life, looking forward and bringing him out of the dark, the lyrics are accompanied by stripped down accompaniment and is wrapped in emotional relief.
Slow Monday, with acoustic guitar has a country feel and has a contentment, gentleness about the delivery and has a positive vibe; there is a normality of living as he croons “I hate Slow Monday Afternoons”. Closing the album with Looking for a Place to Land; this track pulls the album together and gives it a full stop as we have that bitter-sweet combination of heartache and happiness, that his journey has found a resting place; that there will be peace.

Throughout the album as we get to know the darkness behind Justin we cannot forget the title is a direct reference to his father Steve Earle; this adds another layer of tension; at times he is the victim but on every track the winner is the song and the musicians who deliver them with the passion and honesty. They deserve an album that will also be listened to when you need songs to help you make sense of an emotional whirlwind that life throws at you. This is an album that delves into the dark and comes out the other side we are all a little bit stronger after listening to Absent Fathers. I get a feeling that Absent Fathers as an album is at a crossroads in Justin Townes Earle’s musical lexicon and the best is yet to come.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT doodle paws out of TEN ….pawprint half inch

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE ~ NEW ALBUM 'ABSENT FATHERS'

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NEW ALBUM ‘ABSENT FATHERS’ OUT NOW LOOSE MUSIC

Absent Fathers was recorded alongside Single Mothers as a double album, but as Justin began to sequence it, he felt each half needed to make its own statement and they took on their own identities, so they were released as separate albums within 3 months from each other.

Single Mothers was released in September 2014 via Loose Music and, combined with Absent Fathers, the double album perfectly showcases exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana. Hailed as an album that’s “showing the world that alt-country can be pretty dope,” (Noisey/Vice), Single Mothers has had great radio success, with plays across the BBC.

The albums were recorded live with his four-piece touring band with only days of rehearsal leading up to recording to keep the ideas fresh. No overdubs, no other singers, no additional players – just a real, heartfelt performance capturing the moment. In fact, his songs “Picture in a Drawer’ and ‘It’s Cold in This House’ are only Justin, his guitar and his pedal steel player Paul Niehaus.

WATCH NEW VIDEO : ‘CALL YA MOMMA’

Following the release of his critically acclaimed album Absent Fathers via Loose Music earlier this year, Justin Townes Earle has now shared a new video for single ‘Call Ya Momma“.

The video was premiered by Rolling Stone, and was directed by Andrew Van Ball, which here gives a Western twist on Ambrose Bierce’s classic short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.

Stream the track here: ‘CALL YA MOMMA’

“Long streak of blue country brilliance” – Album of the Month
MOJO

““whether taken separately or as a whole, both these striking albums deserve your time””
Q

““a finely tuned wallow in male heartache”
THE NEW YORK TIMES

“ No longer needing to beg for attention, he’s built a career that’s brought him critical acclaim and a well-deserved reputation for consistent artistic integrity.”
NO DEPRESSION

““while Steve’s fingerprints continue to leave a few smudges, six albums in, Justin looks like he’s better equipped than ever to step out of the shadow” RECORD COLLECTOR