Justin Townes Earle is a man who wears many suits.
Since his debut full length in 2008, Earle has toured constantly including performances at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest, the Grand Ole Opry, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Bumbershoot, as well as an appearance on A Prairie Home Companion. Additionally, Earle won 'Best New and Emerging Artist' at the 2009 Americana Music Awards and was named by GQ magazine as one of 'The 25 Most Stylish Men in the World' in 2010. He has also appeared on HBO's Treme with his dad, Steve Earle, on whose Grammy Award winning record Townes, JTE also guested and on the David Letterman show (with Jason Isbell on guitar for "Harlem River Blues"--check it out, it's outstanding). In 2012, he got behind the boards and produced an album for the legendary Wanda Jackson Unfinished Business.
With inspirations as diverse as Townes Van Zandt (he was named in honor of the elder Earle's hero), Jimmy Reed, Kurt Cobain, The Replacements, Mance Lipscomb, Ray Charles and The Pogues, Justin forges his own brand of American roots music. Going through life with a namesake of Van Zandt's stature cannot be easy for a young songwriter, but Earle takes it in stride,' saying, 'Anyone who tries to live up to Van Zandt is a fool. I'm honored to carry the name, but if I spent my life trying to live up to it, I'd have a pretty miserable life.'
Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters) & the Dead Peasants cover Justin's "Look The Other Way" on While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records