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  • THE TELEGRAPH BEST COUNTRY ALBUMS 2015 – #23
  • BLABBER ’N’ SMOKE FAVOURITE ALBUMS 2015

ABSENT FATHERS (2015)


“Long streak of blue country brilliance”
★★★★
MOJO

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

THE BEST COUNTRY MUSIC ALBUMS OF 2015
★★★★
THE TELEGRAPH

“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

“No longer needing to beg for attention, he’s built a career that’s brought him critical acclaim and a well-deserved reputation for consistent artistic integrity.”
NO DEPRESSION

“a finely tuned wallow in male heartache.”
NEW YORK TIMES

“Earle has made two distinct albums that manage to succeed both as standalone and complementary works.
…his newfound confessional streak is alarmingly resonant and refreshing.”
THE AV CLUB

“…mov[ing] between evocative portraits of places set in knotty emotional frames, prickly confessions of destructive patterns, and melancholic eloquence in the wake of short-lived love affairs.”
NPR

“a very fine record”
UNCUT

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

“everything from Motown-inspired ballads to bluesy bursts of Americana”
★★★★
PASTE

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

★★★★
THE SUN

“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

“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

★★★★
CULTURELFLY

★★★★
BACKSEAT MAFIA

“…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

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

“Justin Townes Earle once again proves himself king of the country stage.”
DRUNKEN WEREWOLF (Bristol, Feb 2015)


SINGLE MOTHERS (2014)



#29
 – TOP 50 ALBUMS 2014
AMERICAN SONGWRITER

#31 – TOP 50 SONGS 2014 (‘White Gardenias’)
AMERICAN SONGWRITER

#48 – 50 BEST ALBUMS 2014
PASTE

#9 – TOP 10 SINGER/SONGWRITERS
MAGNET

 “the album sees Earle deepening as a songwriter, and if Single Mothers isn’t the sound of an outright renewal, it’s JTE’s warmest and most focused album to date”
POPMATTERS

“Whatever category you might inhabit, Justin Townes Earle has something here you need to hear.”
AMERICAN SONGWRITER

“showing the world that alt-country can be pretty dope”
NOISEY/VICE

“Earle has moved between evocative portraits of place set in knotty emotional frames, prickly confessions of destructive patterns, and melancholic eloquence in the wake of short-lived love affairs.”
NPR

“telling portions of autobiographical, Nashville-flavoured Americana”
MOJO

“Justin’s songcraft is fast maturing and this is a concise exercise in laying emotions bare”
THE SUN 

“one of the most distinctive American voices out there”
CLASSIC ROCK

★★★★
CULTURELFLY

ABSENT FATHERS

Following the success of his critically-acclaimed-fifth-studio-album, Single Mothers, Justin Townes Earle released the companion album, Absent Fathers. Comprised of 10 tracks, Absent Fathers was recorded alongside Single Mothers as a double album, but as Justin began to sequence it, he felt each half needed to make its own statement and they took on their own identities. Absent Fathers was released January 12th 2015.

Single Mothers was released on September 9th 2014 and, combined with Absent Fathers, the double album perfectly showcases exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of contemporary Americana.

Hailed as an album that’s “showing the world that alt-country can be pretty dope,” (Noisey/Vice), Single Mothers has also had great radio success, with plays across the BBC.

 

SINGLE MOTHERS

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 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 realised 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.

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COMING SOON

MANAGEMENT: Nick Bobetsky | Red Light Management

LABEL
UK/EUR: Loose
US: Vagrant Records


PRESS
EUR (online): Loose Press | Loose
UK/IRE (print): Will McCarthy | Will McCarthy PR
UK/IRE (regional): Thom Williams | Sonic PR
GSA: Rita Rommerskirchen | Rough Trade
USA: Jim Merlis | Big Hassle


RADIO
UK/IRE: Will McCarthy | Will McCarthy PR
GSA:
 Rita Rommerskirchen | Rough Trade


BOOKING
EUR: Paul Fenn | Asgard
USA:
 Andrew Colvin | Ground Control Touring