There are certain bands that roll though town and are on my required list: Drive-By Truckers, Lucero, and The Hold Steady, to name a few. No matter what’s going on in my life, I make sure it revolves around those shows. I now have a new addition to my short list and his name is Justin Townes Earle.
I had listened to Justin Townes Earles’s recent debut release, The Good Life, a few times and thought it was spectacular, but in no way did it prepare me for the experience of seeing him perform live. Justin arrived to Shirk’s studio with his good friend Cory Younts, played for a short time, and left me walking out that afternoon absolutely floored. The chemistry between Justin and Cory was magnificent. I joked with Steve Shirk afterwards that I could mix the session and it would still sound magnificent.
The boys laid down four tracks, each one more captivating than the next. The version of “Lone Pine Hill,” however, might just be the finest thing we’ve recorded in any of our live sessions. I don’t know if I blinked while they played it. I went to Schuba’s to catch him that night with The Felice Brothers and in front of a crowd, they were even better. His stage presence is unparalleled and it was easily one of finest performances that I have seen in quite some time.
Exclusive: Justin Townes Earle – Lone Pine Hill
Exclusive: Justin Townes Earle – Who Am I To Say
Exclusive: Justin Townes Earle – Your Biscuits Are Big Enough For Me
Exclusive: Justin Townes Earle – Turn Out My Lights
From later on that night at Schubas: