“Spot”light on Justin Townes Earle

“Spot”light on Justin Townes Earle

“Spot”light on…Justin Townes Earle

Justin Townes Earle
Justin Townes Earle

At first listen to Justin Townes Earle’s, Harlem River Blues, I thought “old country”.  And it is the spirit of old country, ala Johnny Cash, that I felt in listening to the rest.  This, along with a hint of rockabilly soul and some blues.  If you dig the “Americana” genre of music, this CD and the upcoming Manic Productions show at Daniel Street, are for you.

“Justin Townes Earle is an anomaly. He’s tall as the day is long, all angles and elbows and a hard stare, both welcoming and deadly serious. He’s Nashville North, all set up in lower Manhattan now, just like his hero Woody Guthrie, with twang and charm intact.

Compared to the much-lauded Midnight at the MoviesHarlem River Blues is more mature and increasingly nuanced, while still embracing the raw voice and clean sound of previous standout tracks like “Mama’s Eyes.” Harlem River Blueskicks off hot with the title track’s choir of backing singers and electric guitar, slow dances through a decrepit tenement on “One More Night in Brooklyn,” and swings à la Jerry Lee Lewis on “Move Over Mama.” “Working for the MTA” is a modern day railway ballad, embracing the labor movement in classic folk singer style over some heartbreaking pedal steel from Calexico’s Paul Niehaus. With percussive guitar, killer standup bass lines by Bryn Davies and a guest appearance from Jason Isbell, this record hums along like a 6 train jumpin’ the tracks and heading straight for the Tennessee state line.”

High light songs for me on this album are Harlem River Blues (along with its gospel reprise at the end) and One More Night in Brooklyn.

 

 

Don’t miss a special seated show at Daniel Street in Milford on December 8 at 8:00 pm.

Purchase your tickets through (http://manicproductions.org/tickets).

 

Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez aka lsg

Lover of music and the visual arts, Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez is the insanity behind lsg original photography. lsg specializes in artist and performer photography. She’s had the honor of photographing national bands such as Weezer, Snoop Dogg, A Simple Plan, Paramore, Whitesnake, Wye Oak, and The Antlers along with countless local bands and performers.

Hailing from Hartford, CT, Lisa is a life- long music connoisseur. Growing up, her mother exposed her to everything from The Stones to Simon and Garfunkel to Earth, Wind, and Fire to Loretta Lynn…and everything in between. No genre was left unexplored in her vinyl collection. She saw her first concert at 14…Rod Stewart at the (then called) Hartford Civic Center. Thirty years later, it’s still her favorite pastime.

Lisa has two kids (grown!) and a day job. Her loves of music and photography have melded into a second career. And her love of CT keeps her promoting and pushing for local artists and performers. Lisa spends the greater part of her free time seeing and shooting live bands, performers, and artists and art work…and purchasing vinyl!

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