Artist of the Day: Justin Townes Earle

posted by Matt Jarrells on 05/22/2017


May 22, 2017

This Friday, Americana artist Justin Townes Earle will release his seventh studio album, Kids in the Street. Recorded with indie producer Mike Mogis in his Omaha studio rather than Earle’s native Nashville, the new record is a more playful and pleasant take on the folk roots that have defined his previous works. Wrestling with the gentrification of working-class neighborhoods of his hometown, follies of youth, and even admiring a woman’s choice of fuel-efficient transportation Earle’s modern take on Americana is one of the firmest handles on where the genre seems to be headed.

Son of famed country/folk artist Steve Earle, Justin was named after his father’s mentor Townes van Zandt. He quickly made a name for himself with his debut album The Good Life in 2008 which was well received by critics. In the past 9 years, Earle’s music slowly drifted away from the more traditional stylings of his father into a territory of his own.

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