Earle, RaeLynn, Ickes/Hensley release new music
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
– Justin Townes Earle is releasing the bookend to last fall's disc today. "Absent Fathers," which contains a few songs with apparent references to his father, Steve Earle, follows up on last September's "Single Mothers." While recorded at the same time, Earle wanted to release the new music separately.
Dobro master Rob Ickes and east Tennessee singer Troy Hensley teamed up for "Before the Sun Goes Down," which mixes country and bluegrass. The two co-produced the music. They include a cover of Billy Joe Shaver's "Georgia on A Fast Train."
RaeLynn, who has a hit with "God Made Girls," releases a five-song EP, "MEEP." The Texas native collaborated with notable producers Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line), Dann Huff (Keith Urban) and newcomer Jimmy Robbins for the five-song project. The singer, born Racheal Lynn Woodward, was a contestant on The Voice in 2012.
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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. ...
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 ...
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 ...