FINALLY we got word over the weekend that Justin Townes Earle will release Harlem River Blues on September 14th.
From the press release…
Compared to the much-lauded Midnight at the Movies, Harlem River Blues is more mature and increasingly nuanced, while still embracing the raw voice and clean sound of previous standout tracks like “Mama’s Eyes.” Featuring guest appearances from Jason Isbell, Bryn Davies and Calexico’s Paul Niehaus, it’s rockin’ and reelin’ at times, sweet and slow at others – and it’s great.
Can’t wait. Looks like Justin will also be stopping by Daytrotter this weekend, so hopefully we’ll get some free tracks out of that. Stay tuned.
Also, check out this new video (just posted today) of JTE at Amoeba Records in (San Fran, LA & Berkely) talking about his favorite album. Among them, The Staple Singers, who also inspired Patty Griffin’s latest gospel album, Downtown Church. The Staple Singers’ oldest stuff isn’t available for digital download (probably why it’s in his bag), but in 1991 the band worked wtih Sony to put out the album Freedom Highway, which was a track off of a live album way, way back before the interweb. According to Amazon reviews, it’s not the same, but still a good buy.