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Earle takes on "The Saint of Lost Causes"

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – Justin Townes Earle will put out "The Saint of Lost Causes" on May 24 on New West Records.

The 12-song set was co-produced by Earle and his longtime engineer Adam Bednarik and was recorded at Sound Emporium in Nashville, which was founded by Cowboy Jack Clement in 1969.

"The Saint of Lost Causes" is Earle's follow up to his 2017 release, "Kids In The Street," and includes traditional country, blues, folk, western swing, roots-rock and boogie-woogie.

Earle, the son of Steve Earle, is said to focus on the disenfranchised, the oppressed and the oppressors, the hopeful and the hopeless and their geography. There's the drugstore-cowboy-turned-cop-killer praying for forgiveness ("Appalachian Nightmare") along with the Michiganders persevering through economic and industrial devastation ("Flint City Shake It"); the stuck mother dreaming of a better life on the right side of the California tracks ("Over Alameda") and the Cuban man in New York City weighed down by a world of regret ("Ahi Esta Mi Nina"); the "used up" soul desperate to get to New Orleans ("Ain't Got No Money") and the "sons of bitches" in West Virginia poisoning the land and sea ("Don't Drink The Water").

"I was trying to look through the eyes of America," Earle said. "Because I believe in the idea of America - that everybody's welcome here and has a right to be here."

Earle also announced his initial tour dates in support of the album, starting April 12 in Alabama and include a weeklong support tour with Rodrigo Y Gabriela, an appearance on NPR's Mountain Stage on May 19 (to be aired nationally on May 31), European dates, and The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival.

The track listing is 1. The Saint Of Lost Causes 2. Ain't Got No Money 3. Mornings In Memphis 4. Don't Drink The Water 5. Frightened By The Sound 6. Flint City Shake It 7. Over Alameda 8. Pacific Northwestern Blues 9. Appalachian Nightmare 10. Say Baby 11. Ahi Esta Mi Nina 12. Talking To Myself

Tour dates are:
April 12 Waverly, AL - Waverly Local
April 13 Columbia, SC - River Rocks Festival
April 14 Jacksonville, FL - Murray Hill Theatre
May 19 Charleston, WV - Culture Center Theatre / NPR Mountain Stage
June 1 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theater (with Rodrigo Y Gabriela)
June 2 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium (with Rodrigo Y Gabriela)
June 4 Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater (with Rodrigo Y Gabriela)
June 5 Charlottesville, VA - Sprint Pavilion (with Rodrigo Y Gabriela)
June 7 Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap (with Rodrigo Y Gabriela)
June 9 Grand Rapids, MI - Frederik Meijer Garden Amphitheater (with Rodrigo Y Gabriela)
June 15 Stockholm, SE - Sthlm Americana
June 16 Loderup, SE - Solhallen
June 18 Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Noord
June 20 London, UK - Union Chapel
June 22 - Tunbridge Wells, UK - Black Deer Festival
June 23 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
June 24 Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
June 25 Newcastle, UK - Live Theatre
June 26 Glasgow, UK - Oran Mor
Sept. 21-22 - Franklin, TN Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

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The Saint of Lost Causes CD review - The Saint of Lost Causes
When your Dad's Steve Earle and your namesake is Townes Van Zandt, you probably aren't destined to be a shoemaker. A native of Music City, Justin Townes Earle ate well from the horn of plenty that is the Nashville scene. He kicked around in some bands, but also generally raised a lot of hell. Around 2007, he started releasing albums regularly - "Saint of Lost Causes" is his eighth release and the first since 2017's critically well-received "Kids In the Street. »»»
Kids in the Street CD review - Kids in the Street
With "Kids In The Street," Justin Townes Earle moves comfortably between country, blues, folk and rock. The strongest country tunes are the traditional sounding weeper "What's She Crying For," featuring slick pedal steel guitar work from Paul Niehaus, and the catchy ballad "Faded Valentine," a sweetly melancholic tale of lost love that highlights producer Mike Mogis on mandolin. The nostalgic title track finds Earle reminiscing about his unspectacular childhood »»»
Absent Fathers CD review - Absent Fathers
Fans of the early Justin Townes Earle might be disappointed in the work that fills "Absent Fathers," his 2015 album that shows the once reckless outlaw-wannabe has grown up past the anger and found a home in therapeutic songwriting. For the rest of listeners, however, it's a cathartic and thought-provoking journey through his atonement, not with his muddy past, but instead with his own pain. Earle's voice hints of the same grittiness found in Black Keys front man Dan »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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