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Justin Townes Earle puts out '09's best CD

Monday, December 14, 2009 – Justin Townes Earle put out the best album of 2009, "Midnight at the Movies," according to a panel of Americana, country and other like-minded bloggers.

The list includes 20 discs, ranging from Dave Rawlings Machine to Charlie Robison to Steve Earle to Miranda Lambert.

The top 20 as voted by the panel was:

1 Justin Townes Earle - Midnight at the Movies

2 Lucero - 1372 Overton Park

3 Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses - Roadhouse Sun

4 Buddy and Julie Miller - Written in Chalk

5 Dave Rawlings Machine - A Friend of a Friend

6 Slaid Cleaves - Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away

7 Todd Snider - The Excitement Plan

8 Avett Brothers - I and Love and You

9 Band of Heathens - One Foot In the Ether

9 Jason Isbell & 400 Unit - Self Titled

10 Tom Russell - Blood & Candlesmoke

11 Jason Isbell & 400 Unit - Self Titled

12 Corb Lund - Losin' Lately Gambler

13 Charlie Robison - Beautiful Day

14 Drive-By Truckers - The Fine Print

15 Steve Earle - Townes

16 Deer Tick - Born on Flag Day

17 Wrinkle Neck Mules - Let The Lead Fly

18 Magnolia Electric Co. - Josephine

19 Guy Clark - Somedays The Songs Write You

20 Those Darlins - Those Darlins

20 Miranda Lambert - Revolution

Voters included representatives of Country California, Americana Roots, Twangville, Sounds Country and Too Much Country.

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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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