Justin Townes Earle


He was a man-out-of-time. He wrote songs that I wanted to hear. He looked and sounded like an old soul. A troubadour who had been around as long as the greats.  He possessed the talents of those who shared his name.

His songs are filled with self reflection and social commentary.  His catalogue is littered with gold.  Learnings from the past and the light he saw up ahead.

I don’t think he had a bad album, but each release was stronger than the last and his final release – last year’s The Saint of Lost Causes – is an incredible piece of work.  A masterpiece.

If you haven’t seen it check out his Harlem River Blues performance on Letterman.

I hope the Universe looks after him.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Good piece J. That cut sounds sooo good.I have to live in his music for a few days and get the benefit.

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    1. J. says:

      Cheers, CB. He was quite the songwriter. I’ve been listening to him loads the last few weeks.

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      1. I might join ya. Good to see ya back. I like his version of ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’

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      2. J. says:

        Thanks, CB – appreciated. And yeah, that’s a favourite of mine.

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      3. Keep bringing the takes J.

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  2. mikeladano says:

    This one bummed me out.

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    1. J. says:

      Me too, man. Still does.

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      1. mikeladano says:

        Have you heard Steve’s album for him yet?


      2. J. says:

        Not the full album – I’ve heard Harlem River Blues, Champagne Corolla, and The Saint of Lost Causes. But it’s on the list. How about you?

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      3. mikeladano says:

        No I haven’t yet. I guess I found it too sad to really jump at. But I love Steve so I will get it eventually. It still makes me sad.

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      4. J. says:

        Exactly how I felt. But man, I still feel a lot of joy listening to JT’s music… I honestly think he was among the best.

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      5. mikeladano says:

        So much potential. Been a pretty shitty last 12 months.

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