Montana Public Radio

Justin Townes Earle's Songs Lope, Mope, Swagger And Swing

Jul 18, 2019

Justin Townes Earle carries the names of a pair of troubadour heroes: his father, Steve Earle and his father’s mentor, Townes Van Zandt. Like both, Justin is a recording, performing musician; like both, addiction is one of his oldest adversaries. And like both, Justin Townes Earle has become a sharp songwriter, conjuring, as Skip Anderson puts it, “memorable characters into relatable songs that Americana fans love and latter-day country radio loves to overlook.”

 Join John Floridis and Justin Townes Earle for a conversation about fathers and sons, breakups with record labels, stints in rehab and Justin’s eight studio albums to date.
“He's cultivated an easeful way of balancing down-home and urban, modern and vintage, role-inhabiting and autobiographical sensibilities. His spry finger-style guitar figures, conversational and citified wit and jauntily slouching delivery are all central elements.” Jewly Hight, NPR Music

(Broadcast: "Musician's Spotlight,"  1/24/19. Listen on the radio Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., or via podcast.)