Justin Townes Earle announces new CD
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
– After two and a half years since his last release, Justin Townes Earle will drop his fifth studio album and first ever on Vagrant Records. "Single Mothers," on Sept. 9.
Earle will be on the road in the U.S. throughout September and early October
The disc contains 10 songs. As a recently married, sober man, Earle said, "One day I just realized it's not cool to die young, and it's even less cool to die after 30."
Earle, son of Steve, released four albums on Bloodshot. He also has spent multiple stays in rehab.
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