Justin Townes Earle: “Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now”
For you and me it would probably be pretty daunting to carry on the name of not one, but two of Texas music’s most celebrated artists. For Justin Townes Earle, it’s effortless.
Justin Townes Earle was born in Nashville in 1982. His father is the rabble-rousing songwriter Steve Earle and named for his father’s musical hero and mentor Townes Van Zandt. From an early age Earle was plagued by some of the same addiction demons that plagued both his father and his namesake. It’s a struggle he’s wrestled with almost his entire life. In his teens, the younger Earle took up with Nashville bluegrass outfit The Swindlers and rock group The Distributors. In 2007 Earle self-released his solo debut EP Yuma. The record garnered some attention from Chicago’s Bloodshot Records, and in 2008 the label released his debut LP The Good Life, followed by 2009′s Midnight at the Movies and 2010′s excellent, rockabilly-inflected Harlem River Blues.
Today Earle releases his fourth record Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now. The record marks another slight stylistic shift for Earle. He’s taken on rootsy country, a bit of twangy rockabilly and for the latest record he’s added breezy, southern soul to his repertoire. Earle recorded the 10-song album completely live over a four-day stretch in a converted church in Asheville, North Carolina. It makes for a warm, intimate sound that’s very evident on the record’s title track, today’s song of the day.
You can also check out Earle’s performance at KUT’s SXSW Showcase at the Four Seasons right here.