Steve Earle announces tribute album to his late son
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
– Steve Earle & the Dukes announced today that they will be recording an album of songs written by Justin Townes Earle with all artist advances and royalties going to a trust for Justin's daughter, Etta St. James Earle.
Justin Townes Earle, Steve's son and a musician in his own rite, died on Aug. 20. Reports have said it could have been a drug overdose. Earle dealt with substance abuse issues at varying points in his life.
"It is expected that the album will be recorded in October and released in January 2021, around the time of what would have been Justin's thirty-ninth birthday," the press release said.
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