Justin Townes Earle passes away at 38
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Justin Townes Earle passes away at 38

Monday, August 24, 2020 – Americana singer Justin Townes Earle died on Sunday at 38.

Earle, the son of Steve Earle, forged his own career, releasing X CDs on Bloodshot and New West Records. He merged country, folk and blues sounds intohis repertoire.

No cause of death was cited.

"It is with tremendous sadness that we inform you of the passing of our son, husband, father and friend Justin. So many of you have relied on his music and lyrics over the years and we hope that his music will continue to guide you on your journeys," it was posted on Sunday night on his Instagram account. "You will be missed dearly Justin."

Earle grew up in Nashville with his mother, Carol Ann Hunter Earle. His middle name was in honor of singer and songwriter Townes van Zandt, Steve Earle's mentor. He lived with his mother, but returned to his father after he became clean in 1994. Earle had battled drug and alcohol problems.

Justin Townes Earle was a member of Steve's backing band, The Dukes, at one point, playing guitar and keyboards.

In 2007, he released a six-song EP, "Yuma." He signed a deal with Chicago's Bloodshot Records and put out, "The Good Life," in 2008.

In 2009, he released "Midnight at the Movies." He also won the Americana Music Award for New and Emerging Artist of the Year that same year.

In 2010 he released the well-received album, "Harlem River Blues." The title track earned Earle the Americana Music Award in the Song of the Year in 2011/ "Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now" came out in 2012.

From 2014 through 2017, Earle released a trilogy of "Single Mothers" (2014), "Absent Fathers" (2015), and "Kids in the Street" (2017). His last release, "The Saint of Lost Cause," came out in May 2019.

Jason Isbell, who toured with Earle, said,"Had a lot of good times and made a lot of good music with JTE. So sad for his family tonight."

Earle leaves behind his wife, Jenn Marie Maynard, who he married in 2013. Their only child, a daughter, Etta, was born in June 2017.

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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. ...
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 ...
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 ...

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