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Editors’ Notes

Remembering the lessons learned about Memphis soul on 2012’s Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, Justin Townes Earle applies the laid-back grooves to his return to alt-country on 2014’s Single Mothers. Where horns punched up his previous album of love and heartbreak, this time it’s pedal steel that pushes around the pieces of his broken heart. There’s an austerity and quickness to his approach that resembles the modesty of Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding album. Ten songs in a half-hour guarantee that Earle never mopes. He slows things down for the bluesy soul of the title track and the generally mournful “Picture in a Drawer,” “White Gardenias,” and “Cold in This House.” Each song delves into its own vision of loneliness. For relief, Earle picks up a rockabilly pace for “My Baby Drives,” nails that Memphis groove on “Wanna Be a Stranger,” and appears to question himself over how many times he can replay the drama of dead love on “Burning Pictures.”

Customer Reviews

High Hopes

If White Gardenias is any indication of the rest of this album, then JTE should finally get the recognition he truly deserves. Justin is one of the greats and in a class all his own.

Pick It Up

I understand the songs but man pick it up. Dragging us through everything. Life ain't so bad or boring. They Killed John Henry. Do something about it!

Can't wait

Sounds great so far, Justin Townes Earle knows how to write quality tunes.

Biography

Born: January 4, 1982 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

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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