“Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple.”
While it may be a bit early to declare Justin Townes Earle a genius he does have the knack of pulling the great and familiar melodies out of the air that sound like an old late night FM signal back in the days when that meant good music. His third proper album, Harlem River Blues, comes out in September on Bloodshot Records and it’s about as close to defining Americana music as we’ll likely get. Part acoustic twang, part anthem, part Telecaster road with rivers, women, and trains, and tears, Earle’s beautifully weary voice handles each with grace and empathy.