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Justin Townes Earle on Saturday Night

December 17th, 2010


His last name comes from his father and his middle name pays homage to Townes Van Zandt, so it seems Justin Townes Earle was destined to become a musician. He grew up in Nashville, playing music at a young age, but not just country or bluegrass as you might expect. Earle played in a rock band and also toured with his dad before self-releasing Yuma, an EP, in 2007. His debut full-length, The Good Life, an interesting mix of bluegrass, country and folk, followed the next year. And then like so many before him, Earle headed to the big city, eventually becoming a denizen of the East Village. Living here has no doubt affected his music, including his newest album, Harlem River Blues. As he tells the Village Voice, “It’s a city that’s shaped by what we all bring to it and what we have to offer.” Find out what Justin Townes Earle (above, playing “Midnight at the Movies” at this year’s SXSW) has to offer tomorrow night at Webster Hall.