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


Listen in to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio…
Click the appropriate icons at the top of the page.



Pete Feenstra celebrated his 300th show in October 2019. Pete heads up a five-hour blues rock marathon when “Tuesday is Bluesday” from 19:00 GMT. Listen out also for his interview-based Feature show on Sundays (20:00 GMT)

Power Plays w/c 25 November (Mon-Fri)

Throughout December we are featuring Best of 2019 selections from the GRTR! Reviewers.

Featured Albums w/c 25 November (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 Melodic Rock Featured Albums of 2019
12:00-13:00 Melodic Hard Rock Featured Albums of 2019
14:00-16:00 Singer Songwriter Featured Albums of 2019

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

A selection of albums featured in 2019



Email This Page
This entry was posted in ALBUM REVIEWS, ALBUM REVIEWS (Mobile), All Posts and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply