th_6743302dfba9c80b3a4605e299b318d9_1405444366justintownes_singlemothersJustin Townes Earle, the son of Steve Earle has been releasing some incredible music for the last seven years.  Earle has had a troubled past, his father left  his mother when he was only two years old, and it is fitting Earle named his latest album Single Mothers, an ode to his mother who raised him.  One interesting note, on the cover is a picture 13 year-old singer-songwriter Sammy Brue, who’s also very talented, and expect to see something about him on The Revue in the future as well.

Justin Townes Earle’s last two albums were absolute masterpieces, Harlem River Blues and Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now are two amazing albums from two different places in Earle’s life.  Single Mothers feels like a retrospective, the music feels like classic Americana and Alt-country.  Earle sings about his family on “Single Mothers”, which he sings about his superstar father Steve Earle and how that affected him and his mother. The music here is personal, and there’s beautiful portraits of different moments throughout, there’s gorgeous tracks like “Today and a Lonely Night”, and “Picture in a Drawer”  and there are some rockers like “My Baby Drives” and “Burning Pictures”.

A couple of years ago, Rolling Stone said Earle had “grown into a songwriter to rival his dad”.  In my opinion he has, and Single Mothers is another statement as to why.  Justin Townes Earle is one of the best storytellers and songwriters out there today, and whether you’re familiar or unfamiliar with his music you’re in for a treat when you put on Single Mothers today.

(Featured image on main page taken by Joshua Black Wilkins)

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