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Justin Townes Earle @ City Winery

Justin Townes Earle

City Winery

March 15, 2014

MANHATTAN, NY—Justin Townes Earle grew up in South Nashville, Tennessee, with his mother, Carol Ann Hunter Earle. His father, alternative country music artist Steve Earle, gave Justin his middle name in honor of his mentor, Townes Van Zandt. Justin’s parents separated when Justin was two years old. Justin entered the music business playing in two Nashville bands, a rock band called the Distributors and a ragtime and bluegrass combo called The Swindlers. Earle later played guitar and keyboards for his father’s touring band, The Dukes. Justin began releasing albums under his name own at age 25 in 2007 and received two Americana Music Awards, New And Emerging Artist Of The Year in 2009 and Song Of The Year for “Harlem River Blues” in 2011. In recent years, his recording career has stalled due to disputes with his record company; his fourth and most recent album is 2012′s Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now.

From the balcony at City Winery tonight, Steve Earle watched his son perform a hybrid set of songs mixing folk, country and pop. What did the elder Earle feel when he heard his son sing the lyrics to “Mama’s Eyes?” “I am…

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