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
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...
Unfortunately Justin’s shows this coming weekend will be cancelled. He injured his hand this past weekend and has 19 stitches and there’s no way he can play guitar. We apologize for any inconveniences. We’re working on rescheduling the Iron Horse show for late August and hope to make an announcement on that soon.
Usually, being the cruel overlords that we are, we insist on 20 stitches before allowing shows to be cancelled, but we figured 19 was close and he IS a guitar player and they ARE on his hand.
We'll keep you posted on any other changes.
It also features Dr Ralph Stanley, Jim Lauderdale Jim Waive and many others.
From the teaser that you can see HERE, we can't tell you much about it, other than we too are fond of air-popped popcorn and have a very similar popper in our office.
After Justin Townes Earle knocked 'em dead with an in-store performance at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, the staff asked him, "What's In Your Bag?"
Justin's been finishing up his next record, Harlem River Blues (due out September 2010), and he took some time before opening for some band called The Swell Season to talk about it to Paste Magazine. He gives us skinny on producing, how moving to NYC influenced and the magic of having Jason Isbell on it. Have a read HERE.
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE TO APPEAR ON A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION AND HBO’S “TREME” THIS WEEKEND
Set your radios and DVRs for this weekend. Saturday, Justin Townes Earle will appear on Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. A longtime public radio favorite, PHC live this weekend from NYC’s Town Hall. Justin appears along with Broadway actress Kate Beahen and folk singer Heather Masse. Check HERE for local listings and airtimes
Sunday, Justin appears – and performs – on HBO’s Treme.
We can't say a ton, but here's what we can tell you: Justin appears on the episode with his dad, Steve Earle. There's acting. There's performing. And it all starts Sunday night at 10pm EST/9pm CST on HBO.
Treme is the latest effort from David Simon and Eric Overmyer, collaborators on TV shows like The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street. Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, Treme looks at ordinary people as they try to rebuild their lives, homes, and culture in the aftermath of the hurricane. The series has boasted quite a few amazing musical guests, including Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Galactic, Kermit Ruffins, and the Rebirth Brass Band.
If that weren't enough, check out JTE talking clothes, picking out clothes and just being stylish in THIS Barking Irons video
Finally, in mid-May, Justin is heading into the studio to make the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2009 record Midnight at the Movies.