Tuesday Tune: Justin Townes Earle NPR Tiny Desk Concert
Americana singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle brings new music to McGlohon Theater on Monday, Nov. 17!
Between releasing four full-length, critically acclaimed albums, constant touring, multiple stints in rehab, a new found sobriety, being born Steve Earle’s son, amicable and not-so-amicable break-ups with record labels, and facing the trials and tribulations of everyday life, it’s safe to say JTE has quite the story to tell. His fifth album (and first on Vagrant Records) serves as the perfect platform for such narrations.
Titled “Single Mothers,” the album comprises 10 tracks that showcase exactly why Earle is considered a forefather of contemporary Americana. As a recently married, sober man, JTE writes from a point of maturity and content we’ve not seen on past records.
“One day I just realized it’s not cool to die young, and it’s even less cool to die after 30,” Justin states as he reflects on a life past and his newly found clarity. What he’s created is an album that’s raw, honest and personal in a way he hasn’t touched upon since his debut EP, “Yuma.”
Hear some of the new material in a recent NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert with Justin Townes Earle. Warning: This video contains some strong language.