Album review: JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE – Single Mothers

Loose [Released 29.09.14]

Justin Townes Earle has led an interesting life that’s for sure, from stints in rehab through to a revolving door with record labels. He is also the son of legendary country artist Steve Earle, although as the title track’s lyric states his dad left early on in his childhood.

This is a proper country album and far removed from the more pop end of Americana. Many songs feature the lovely pedal steel playing of Paul Niehaus, often melding in neatly with the acoustic guitar playing of Justin Townes Earle like on ‘Today And A Lonely Night’. A good country artist can also pen a decent rock ‘n’ roll tune and Earle pulls this off on the highly addictive ‘My Baby Drives’.

If in a certain mood a song like ‘Picture In A Draw’ would melt the iciest heart. The only song that strays out of the traditional country field is the final song on the album, ‘Burning Pictures’ that has a decent rocking riff driven along nicely by the bass playing of Mark Hedman.

A thought provoking and very personal album, that packs a lot in emotionally in just under forty minutes. ***1/2

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Power Plays w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)

BEFORE FIRE Dead Eyes (indie)
SCOTT & MARIA Never Give Up (indie)
CORELEONI Queen Of Hearts (AFM Records)
BERLIN Transcendance (Cleopatra Records)
PHIL CAMPBELL These Old Boots (Nuclear Blast)
PHIL LANZON Blue Mountain (Phil Lanzon Ditties/Cargo Records UK)

Featured Albums w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 SOLEIL MOON Warrior (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 ROXY BLUE Roxy Blue (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS Dragons (Magnolia Music/Thirty Tigers)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

JAMES STEVENSON Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over (2013)

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