Featured 2015 Album: Justin Townes Earle – Absent Fathers

Each day this week we’ll be featuring one of our seven albums released this year. All seven albums will be discounted in the Loose Shop, for this week only. Today it’s Justin Townes Earle’s Absent Fathers.


Absent Fathers was the follow up to 2014’s Single Mothers. Having been released just a few months later, at the beginning of 2015, it’s very much the second part to Single Mothers, with the 20 songs that make up the two albums having been recorded at the same time and originally intended for release as a double album. Whilst the CD and digital releases are indeed separate, we decided to do the vinyl release as a double gatefold LP of the two albums together. All of which you can pick up from the Loose Shop. Here’s a little selection of what’s been said about Absent Fathers:-

whether taken separately or as a whole, both these striking albums deserve your time
★★★★
Q

Long streak of blue country brilliance
★★★★
MOJO

A cracker… Earle has clearly struck a chord, hit his stride and composed and recorded songs that many could only dream of… As with Single Mothers, it is hard to pick highlights on an album so consistently brilliant.
FOR FOLKS SAKE

while Steve’s fingerprints continue to leave a few smudges, six albums in, Justin looks like he’s better equipped than ever to step out of the shadow
RECORD COLLECTOR

an accomplished alt-country record from a supremely talented songwriter
SHOUT4MUSIC

a singer-songwriter very much at the top of his game …stunning, simple and unforgettable.
★★★★
RHYTHM & BOOZE

the two albums may well constitute his best work to date
LONESOME HIGHWAY

BEST COUNTRY MUSIC ALBUMS 2015
★★★★
THE TELEGRAPH

Once again Justin Townes Earle has shown just how talented he is at creating something meaningful from the fragments of his troubled past.
★★★★
SONGWRITING MAGAZINE

…while he continues his quest for peace of mind, he is writing the best songs of his career.
★★★★
WHISPERIN’ AND HOLLERIN’

another masterclass from Earle, and a must own for fans of country, bluegrass or the blues.
PENNYBLACK MUSIC