Montana Public Radio

The Late Justin Townes Earle, Ellis Marsalis Honored In The 'Musician's Spotlight'

Dec 8, 2020

As part of Montana Public Radio's "Honor, Hope and Healing" Week, Musician's Spotlight highlights two individuals, each part of a family musical dynasty, who didn't survive 2020.

First, Justin Townes Earle, singer-songwriter and purveyor of honest American stories, who died on August 20, 2020, age 38, of an accidental overdose of fentanyl-laced cocaine. Second, a visit with the great jazz pianist and teacher, Ellis Marsalis, who died from complications of Covid-19 at age 85 in his hometown of New Orleans on April 1, 2020. (Broadcast: Musician's Spotlight,  12/8/20. Listen on the radio Tuesdays, 7 p.m., or via podcast.)