News: September, 2010
Keep up on what's happening with the Bloodshot gang!
Sep 24 '10
LA TIMES feature on Langford
While we are saddened to bring you this news, it is also quite hopeful:
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE SUSPENDS TOUR DATES, ENTERS REHAB
WITH NEW CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ALBUM OUT, EARLE LOOKS FORWARD TO GETTING BACK TO WORK
Justin Townes Earle has decided to suspend the remaining dates on his tour and enter a rehabilitation facility. Earle is strongly committed to confronting his on-going struggle with addiction and thanks his family, friends and fans for their continued support through this difficult time.
In regards to the misdemeanor charges recently filed in Indianapolis, Earle released the following statement earlier this week: “Unfortunately, reports surfacing online about the incident in Indianapolis are not accurate. I have been advised by counsel that I should not comment on a pending criminal matter, but suffice to say that I am looking forward to having my day in court. I would also like to say that I oppose violence against women in any form.”
Earle looks forward to resuming the tour in support of his critically acclaimed third album, Harlem River Blues, on independent record label Bloodshot Records. The album enters this week at #47 on the Top 200 in overall Soundscan.
SUSPENDED TOUR DATES:
September 23 Cincinnati, OH Midpoint Music Festival
September 24 Columbus, OH The Rumba Café
September 25 Berryville, VA Watermelon Park Festival
September 29 San Diego, CA Casbah
September 30 Los Angeles, CA Autry Museum
October 1 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre
October 2 San Francisco, CA Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
October 4 Humboldt, CA The Depot at Humboldt State
October 6 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
October 7 Denver, CO The Bluebird
October 8 Omaha, NE Slowdown Jr.
October 9 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
October 11 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall
October 12 Bloomington, IL Six Strings
October 14 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
October 15 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern
October 19 New York, NY Webster Hall
October 20 Boston, MA Royale
October 21 Portsmouth, NH The Music Hall
October 22 Philadelphia, PA The First Unitarian Church
October 23 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
They are both at sale-priced AND receive the 2010 edition of the Bloodshot Sampler gratis (as in, FOR FREE!) This year's sampler has 21 tracks of brand new music from the likes of Justin Townes Earle, Jon Langford and The Blacks, as well as other catalog faves like Graham Parker, Detroit Cobras, Ryan Adams, Wayne Hancock, Bottle Rockets, Bobby Bare Jr and more.
WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! We press these up every fall and they go like the proverbial hotcakes.
Sep 18 '10
Ben Weaver Residency in Minneapolis
Today's a big day 'round here, yessir. Justin released his new album Harlem River Blues today and the word is already rolling out: It rules!
From eMusic: "Earle swings for the fences on his latest album and delivers his finest collection yet."
From Yahoo!: "...capitalize on the promise Earle showed on his previous releases and push him to a new level...[he] shows an emotional depth and subtlety that makes him a unique artist."
From iTunes: "HRB delivers in spades what his two previous offerings hinted at...the songwriter drops 11 weighty originals steeped in American musical traditions yet bearing his own inimitable lyric and stylistic signature. Earle proves that he is a force to be reckoned with, in these grooves he embodies the history, mystery, and promise of American roots music."
From Maverick (UK): "Justin Townes Earle is Justin Townes Earle, so any comparison with other Americana singer-songwriters, old or young is futile. This album has a timeless grace to it and is a massive leap forward."
Loads more is on the way, but we just wanted to get you a little taste...
Sep 11 '10
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE LISTENING PARTY
Today, Richard M Daley announced he would not be seeking re-election in 2012. Thus, Bloodshot's head honcho, Rob Miller, officially announces his candidacy:
ROB MILLER'S MAYORAL PLATFORM
• Outlawing AND ENFORCING WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE the use of cells and texting while driving.
• No more statues of sports figures until they are offset by musical and literary figures. For every Billy Williams or Harry Carey statue, there oughta be one of Howlin' Wolf and Nelson Algren.
• Flip flops on men outlawed unless in your own backyard or within 400 feet of Lake Michigan
• Car-less Fridays!
• A City Constitutional Amendment barring another Daley from being mayor
• Instead of funneling tax money to shifty well-connected developers, hire clowns and jugglers to entertain people stuck in their cars on the highways during rush "hour" (6am-10am, 2:30pm-6:30pm)
• No prison time for Blago, only a stint in a public stockade with a ready supply of fresh vegetables from a local CSA available for throwing.
• Close the locks to keep the Asian Carp out of the Lake.
• Allowing Bloodshot, through the shady dealings and back room machinations this city is known for, to become a tax exempt "charitable organization" and giving us access to suck on the enormous teat of TIF funds.
• More Banh Mi, less Quiznos
Sep 3 '10
HA HA TONKA with PLAYBOY BUNNIES!
A few weeks ago, we told you that, for some reason, Ha Ha Tonka was going to play a festival in NYC sponsored by Playboy.
Well, it happened. Check out THIS video of them singing Hangman.
Now, the levels of weirdness and hilarity watching this are many. First off, nothing says "SEXY" like a traditional song about hanging. Also, do they train the bunnies to stand like that? Check out the way they clap at the end of the song...again, is that from a training session?
Finally, while Lennon at least TRIES to be the gentleman by pretending not to look, Luke does a full on stare down.
Enjoy! Happy Labor Day!
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