The Rescue Rooms archives: 2012

Justin Townes Earle, Justin Townes Earle live at The Rescue Rooms

  • Friday 31st August 2012
  • Supported by: Walton Hesse

Cosmic American Music present...

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE

Letterman-championed Americana singer-songwiter Justin Townes Earle returns to Nottingham to play his first show at The Rescue Rooms.



The son of maverick Texas songwriter Steve Earle (and carrying the middle name of his dad's mentor, Townes Van Zandt), Justin Townes Earle shares just a hint of his father's vocal style in his voice, and like the elder Earle, he writes his own songs, but aside from the fact that both Earle's fall to the country side of the Mason-Dixon Line, there are probably far more differences in their musical approaches than there are similarities. If you've ever listened to more than one album by Justin Townes Earle,you're already aware of a few things. First, Justin refuses to colour within any musical genre lines. Second, Justin refuses to put out the same album twice. Third, Justin refuses to write predictable songs. Fourth, Justin refuses to stand still...

With an ever-building catalogue of amazing albums under his belt and an impressive musical pedigree behind him, Justin could certainly play things safe and comfortably tread the same musical waters album after album. But what makes him so authentic, so talented and so fun to listen to is his seemingly fearless affinity for rawness and his inability to repeat himself. Justin sez of the new record: "I think that it's the job of the artist to be in transition and constantly learn more. The new record is completely different than my last one, Harlem River Blues. This time I've gone in a Memphis-soul direction." And that's true enough. While Harlem River Blues was a love letter to his new hometown of NYC, this new album is a gorgeous, sometimes lush sometimes sparse, paeaon to a city that's given so much to the world musically. The sweat, the horns, the soul...

NOTHING'S GONNA CHANGE THE WAY YOU FEEL ABOUT ME NOW

On a rainy Nashville Thursday last October, Justin Townes Earle leapt onstage at the famed Ryman Auditorium to accept the 2011 Americana Music Award for Song of the Year. The triumphant evening capped a turbulent twelve months for the gifted young musician categorized by significant hardship as well as notable achievement including debut performances at New York's Carnegie Hall and on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Just one week later, Earle retreated to the western mountains of North Carolina to record his next album, Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now – an intriguing title given the importance of change in Earle's approach to art. "I think it's the job of the artist to be in transition and constantly learning more," he says. "The new record is completely different than my last one, Harlem River Blues. This time I've gone in a Memphis-soul direction."

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