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  1. Hard Livin'
  2. The Good Life
  3. Who Am I To Say
  4. Lone Pine Hill
  5. South Georgia Sugar Babe


  1. What Do You Do When You're Lonesome
  2. Turn Out My Lights
  3. Lonesome And You
  4. Ain't Glad I'm Leaving
  5. Far Away In Another Town




Justin Townes Earle The Good Life LP

BS 151LP 2008 $11.95
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With Justin Townes Earle’s pedigree comes mixed blessings. As the son of legendary singer/songwriter Steve Earle, high expectations are the name of the game, and he’s shown that he is up to the task on The Good Life, crafting stark portraits and narrative tales with elements of blues, classic country and rock n’roll. A modern-day troubadour, Earle blends genres seamlessly, framing his songs in warm musical settings and creating tunes that could easily be mistaken for classics. “I started out to make an old timey country record, but I listen to so many other kinds of music,” Justin explained. “Some of the songs were rearranged on the spot and took on other lives and album is now more of an exploration of southern music.” Earle approaches universal topics like traveling and matters of the heart (“Hard Living”, “The Good Life”) with the same fervor with which he evokes the bleak loneliness of a Civil War soldier on “Lone Pine Hill”.

The Good Life is produced by RS Field (Billy Joe Shaver, Sonny Landreth) and Steve Poulton. The album was recorded (with the exception of “Ain’t Glad I’m Leaving”) at House of David studios, the legendary room that has hosted sessions with George Jones, Elvis Presley, Neil Young and countless others. Joining Earle in the studio are a cast of all-star players including longtime cohort Cory Younts (Bobby Bare, Jr) on banjo and mandolin, pedal steel player master Pete Finney (Dixie Chicks, Patty Loveless), bassist Bryn Davies (Patty Griffin, Guy Clark), drummer Bryan Owings (Buddy Miller, Shelby Lynne), keyboardist Skylar Wilson and fiddle player Josh Hedley.

Although his father’s incredibly acclaimed, prolific career casts a huge shadow, Justin Townes Earle makes a name for himself by focusing his writing on the personal rather than the political, narrative tales instead of protest. The Good Life melds the qualities of a short story with the lyrical acuity of excellent songs, celebrating grand southern traditions and blowing a fresh breeze across the musical gardens and dive bars of Nashville.

"Is it good? Oh, yes. The boy has talent oozing out of every pore. He wrote the songs, he plays guitars and harmonica, and he sings - indeed, sings very well. He lives up to both famous names, and then some, because he doesn't imitate either of them and stands as his own musician, right off the bat." —

"In The Good Life his narrator has gone so far downhill since a breakup that he doesn't even realize he's a derelict. With a rolling shuffle beat and fiddle-and-pedal steel sidling around his voice, Mr. Earle suggests that long ago people danced through troubles like these, and they might yet again." —The New York Times

"Put this disc on and get lost in its powerful pull of storied songs sure to get you through the night. This is music from the side of Nashville that really matters." —Exclaim

“The hard-drivin' "Hard Livin'", from the twenty-five-year-old singer's upcoming solo debut, The Good Life, is a compactly written opener sporting a percussive piano, a fiddle that spirals spryly upwards, and a jazzy rhythm section that keeps the song chugging along at a barreling tempo.” —Pitchfork Media

"The Good Life's 10 songs are direct, fat-free and resolutely timeless...the subject matter is eternal: good love, bad love and the way either can lead a man to hit the road." —Performing Songwriter

"Justin Townes Earle has the ability to set this industry on its ear--on his own terms. The Good Life already promises to be on the Best of 2008 lists at year end. Don’t be expecting Copperhead Road deja vu moments--Justin’s his own man/artist. A must have." —Take Country Back