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Harlem River Blues

Justin Townes Earle

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Justin Townes Earle has quite a legacy to live up to. His father is Steve Earle and he was named in part after the late, great legendary songwriter Townes Van Zandt. With those influences of artistic purity looking over his shoulder, Earle sticks to roots music where a Hammond B-3 sounds perfectly at home. “Move Over Mama” is the perfect example of Earle’s sincerity towards old forms. It’s a rockabilly number that sounds like it could’ve been recorded in the 1950s with its cloudy reverb and slapping acoustic bass. “Workin’ for the MTA” sounds like an old country music mountain ballad. “Wanderin’” is the Woody Guthrie-like tune Bob Dylan chased as a young man. “Slippin’ and Slidin’” adds some gritty guitar and R&B horns to Earle’s high lonesome vocals. “Christchurch Woman” is a gripping love song that could’ve been written and performed by his father. “Learning to Cry” sounds like a great tune for Roy Orbison to sing. As it stands, they’re all great tunes from a promising young talent who, unlike many flavors of the month, should be with us for years to come.

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The Harlem River Is Dirty

Sounds great, but what's with the CLEAN-only "choice"? Don't buy music that is not released as the artist intended it.

The man

Saw him live in kalamazoo last month. He played a few songs off this album and I already knew that I liked it. I downloaded midnight last year, listened to it start to finish, then downloaded the rest of what itunes had to offer me. I've been listening to justin nonstop since then and never get tired of him. He's got talent and he's a real nice fellow. His stage presence is outstanding. Can't say enough good things about him or his music. Download it. I wish i could rate it ten stars.

Harlem River Blues

JTE just keeps getting better. This young man has playing and writing talent that exceed his young age. And his live shows are tremendous as well.

Biography

Born: January 4, 1982 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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 Earles fall to the country side of the Mason-Dixon Line, there are probably far more differences in their musical approaches than there are similarities. The younger Earle grew up in Nashville and took up music early,...
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