At the end of his new album Single Mothers, Justin Townes Earle dresses down an acquaintance who can’t seem to keep from getting his heart broken, asking him “Are you still starting fires and burning pictures?” Considering that the previous nine songs on the album are devoted to narrators buffeted by matters of the heart to the point of despair, it seems like a question that he should have been asking of himself.
Not that any of his fans should be complaining. Had he brightened up and gotten over these wounds too fast, we would have been robbed of the delicious sorrow that permeates the album. Earle clearly knows the value of a good wallow, how a turn of phrase or change into a minor key can dig deeper than any amount of psychoanalysis or self-examination. Single Mothers excels in such surprisingly reaching moments.
September 9 marks the release date of Single Mothers, the fifth full-length album from Americana stalwart Justin Townes Earle. If it feels like it’s been forever since Earle released his last record in 2012 that’s only because Earle has established himself as one of the most consistent, prolific singer-songwriters over the better part of the last decade. His new record was momentarily stalled by some record label troubles over the past year, but Earle is finally releasing Single Mothers, a ten song collection of late-night blues and mournful country-soul that most closely resembles his last record, Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now.
American Songwriter recently caught up with the Nashville-based songwriter, and Earle shared with us some of his favorite songs that he’s written, his secrets for longevity as a singer-songwriter, and how his Nashville hometown has changed for the worse.
Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute To Born In The U.S.A. Due Out This Fall
On September 16, Lightning Rod Records will release a tribute album in honor of the 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s landmark 1984 album Born In The U.S.A., which spawned seven top 10 singles and sold over 15 million copies.
Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute To Born In The U.S.A. features contributions from Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, Low, Nicole Atkins, Justin Townes Earle, Trampled By Turtles and more.
Justin Townes Earle Readies New Album: Single Mothers
Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle will release Single Mothers, his first album in two and a half years, on September 9. It’s the Americana artist’s fifth studio album, and his first for Vagrant Records. The album was written from the perspective of a newly married and sober man.
Wanda Jackson And Justin Townes Earle Co-Star In New Video
Wanda Jackson filmed the video for “Am I Even A Memory” at Santa’s Pub in Nashville, the same dive bar/karaoke joint where we shot our Holiday Gear Guide with Amanda Shires and The Ettes’ Coco Hames.
The 75-year old rockabilly queen, who we profiled here, recorded the Greg Garing-penned country song on her new album Unfinished Business. The video co-stars the album’s producer Justin Townes Earle, who shares vocals on the track.
Stream the Newport Folk Festival: Gillian Welch, Amos Lee, and More
NPR Music spent the weekend simulcasting performances from this year’s Newport Folk Festival. Currently, you can listen to audio from Gillian Welch, The Decemberists, The Civil Wars, Emmylou Harris Justin Townes Earle, Amos Lee and many more.
SoundLand Adds Foster The People, Yelawolf, Ben Sollee and More
Everyone remembers Next BIG Nashville right? Of course you do (see our our great mini-documentary from 2010 if you need a refresher).
Well it appears graduation day is this coming September, as the event has now been billed “NBN presents: SoundLand 2011,” and it’s shaping up to be even more awesome than we originally thought.
In addition to headliners M. Ward, Dawes, Justin Townes Earle and Ghostland Observatory, organizers have announced that Foster The People,The Low Anthem,CULTS, Those Darlins, Ben Sollee, Jonny Corndawg, Tristen and The Apache Relayhave joined the bill.
M. Ward, Dawes, Justin Townes Earle to Headline First Soundland Festival
Nashville’s Soundland, brought to you by the producers of Next Big Nashville, has announced the lineup for their inaugural event. Among the amazing acts topping the bill are M. Ward, Dawes, Ghostland Observatory, Justin Townes Earle, and JEFF the Brotherhood.
“I hate to break it to everybody, but I’ve been running my whole goddamn life and I’ve been all over this world, and you can’t outrun where you’re from and who you are.” Not even thirty years old, Justin Townes Earle has already lived a complicated life, one informed by the legacy of his famous father and by the perils of recurring drug abuse. However, he has managed to parlay his hard experiences – which he admits are most likely far from over – into tough-minded, emotionally frank, musically adventurous Americana tunes.
Earle is still running, but he insists it’s to see the world, not escape it. That’s the reason he’s leaving behind his beloved Manhattan and planting stakes in London. “I’ve toured Europe for the past twelve years, at least once a year, and I’ve been to every major city,” he says. “But I’ve never been able to spend much time there.” London offers a bit of freedom: “It’s about being able to go to Marrakesh or Barcelona on the weekend. It’s about being able to get a cheap ticket to fly wherever you want.”