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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

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!

he's done better

he's a great lyricist, but musically this one is less dynamic than his last two.

Can't wait

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


Born: January 4, 1982 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

In some respects, Justin Townes Earle seemed destined from birth to be a musician -- his father, Steve Earle, is one of America's most acclaimed singer/songwriters, and he was named in part for Townes Van Zandt, a close friend to Earle and an equally legendary tunesmith. But Justin also grew up learning the downside of the musician's life, and came up against some of the same demons that haunted his father. Born in 1982, Justin Townes Earle didn't see much of his dad through most of his childhood;...
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