It’s well known that being an heir to musical royalty can be both a blessing and a curse, confronting a musician on a daily basis with a mountain of ancestral legacy to climb. One could well imagine that carrying the names of not just one legend, but two – his father Steve Earle and his hero Townes van Zandt – must make the climb even steeper. But ever since his 2008 debut, the award-winning Justin Townes Earle has been making his own way to the summit of musical achievement at an astonishing rate.
JTE belongs to a breed of musician that may been somewhat overshadowed in today’s Nashville but is still going strong; he is an artist and craftsman who builds new and beautiful sounds out of an American roots music tradition whose foundations he respects and understands. Make no mistake, however: JTE’s raw baritone voice and his continually authentic, fresh and unpredictable songwriting are unmistakably his.