Justin Townes Earle

Once compared to a man who wears many suits, in thirty-two short years Justin Townes Earle has experienced more than most, both personally and professionally. Between releasing four full-length-critically-acclaimed albums, constant touring, multiple stints in rehab, a new found sobriety, being born Steve Earle’s son, amicable and not-so-amicable break-ups with record labels, and facing the trials and tribulations of everyday life, it’s safe to say JTE has quite the story to tell. His fifth album (and first ever on Vagrant Records) serves as the perfect platform for such narrations.

Entitled Single Mothers, the album is comprised of ten tracks that showcase exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana. As a recently married, sober man JTE writes from a point of maturity and content we’ve not seen before on past records. “One day I just realized it’s not cool to die young, and it’s even less cool to die after 30,” Justin states as he reflects on a life past and his newly found clarity. What he’s created is an album that’s raw, honest and personal in a way he hasn’t touched upon since his debut EP, Yuma.

Co-produced along side longtime engineer Adam Bednarik, Single Mothers shines in a world of pop-culture driven Ameri- cana records. “I don’t really know what Americana means anymore,” Justin laughs. “That’s not a slant on Americana, it’s just become a very unclassifiable genre. It’s gone seemingly pop. There are good parts to that, but it’s getting to a point where it won’t be able to redeem itself if it doesn’t slow down. Just like everything that gets popular.” With his heart and soul still rooted in Nashville, Single Mothers shows Justin’s continued combination of catchy songs and authenticity.

The album was recorded live with his four-piece touring band with only days of rehearsal leading up to recording to keep the ideas fresh. No overdubs, no other singers, no additional players – just a real, heartfelt performance capturing the moment. In fact, his songs “Picture in a Drawer’ and ‘It’s Cold in This House’ are only Justin, his guitar and his pedal steel player Paul Niehaus.

Earle’s new perspective is clear on Single Mothers as it opens with the track ‘Worried Bout The Weather,’ where we see the intimate, sensitive side of JTE. Here Justin rehashes feelings of trouble on the horizon singing “it don’t take a twister to wreck a home, don’t take a night to feel like you’re in the dark and all alone” – a theme that has surfaced before in his lyrics, but this time with a personal honesty and openness. Justin’s mood switches gears on the upbeat track ‘My Baby Drives.’ “My baby drives me to church on Sundays, take me to see my Momma on every

other Monday. Some might say I’m the luckiest man alive,” Justin croons light heartedly. On the title track ‘Single Mothers’ we hear feelings of resentment as JTE growls, “absent father, never offer even a dollar, he doesn’t seem to be bothered by the fact that he’s forfeited his rights to his own. Absent father is long gone.”

“As I’ve gotten older my anger comes from a very different place. It’s more rational and mature. I guess that comes along with clarity,” JTE reflects. Single Mothers finds Justin dealing with past struggles and anger with more ease than ever before. Creating a nostalgic feeling with the return to his signature sound, JTE takes listeners on a journey through some of his most personal stories yet on what can only be described as an authentic country record.

Single Mothers is due out September 9, 2014 on Vagrant Records.

For a meat and potatoes opening to his bio, Gill Landry is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Louisiana. But he's also a photographer, a traveler, a painter, a storyteller, a mechanic, etc… It would take a novel to tell his tale (at least an in depth novella). From hustling the streets of Paris to hitchhiking America on day labor and daydreams, he's slept beneath bridges with his brothers and in the beds of lordy estates. He began his music career busking on the streets of New Orleans, cutting his teeth through the ranks, interpreting life from the curb up. He released his first solo album "The Ballad of Lawless Soirez" in 2007 on the Nettwerk label and has been performing as a member of the band Old Crow Medicine Show since 2005. He's opened legitimately and as a stowaway for a number of tours for such act's as Mumford and Sons, Brandi Carlile, Ben Howard, The Felice Brothers, and many more.

His most recent release Piety and Desire (2011) is a love song to New Orleans. Named after two streets that run parallel through the city’s 9th ward where Landry cut his teeth for years. With the album he paints a dark and beautiful landscape of characters and loves from “quarter rats” to barmaids, merchants to thieves.

Backed by the Felice Brothers who co-produced the album with Landry and Jeremy “The Searcher” Backofen the album also features the talents of Jolie Holland, Brandi Carlile, Ketch Secor, Sam Parton and many others artists, creating an album that is timeless and at times other-worldly.

His latest body of work, the self-titled album "Gill Landry", will be released by ATO Records in early March 2015. The album features a brilliantly diverse, yet cohesive, body of songs and a diverse cast of characters as well. From the haunting duet with Laura Marling in "Take This Body" to the Tex-Mex country guitar sounds of Robert Ellis in "Fennario", the songs are timeless, yet modern. His keen sense for lyricism is highlighted beautifully by the tonality and melody of the compositions.

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