Thursday, May 22, 2008

Justin Townes Earle to Headline Three-Band Show at Mohawk Place Saturday, May 24

A real good show with some familiar names is heading to Buffalo this weekend, as Justin Townes Earle headlines a show at Mohawk Place, 47 East Mohawk Street in Buffalo, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 24.

While Earle may be known at first to people because of his famous father, Steve Earle, and another relative, Stacey Earle, this is no case of just handing things to a famous-named person, if the sounds of his debut Bloodshot Records’ CD, “The Good Life,” are any indication. The music sounds more like Hank Williams than Steve Earle; indeed, the music is more reminiscent of Hank Williams III at times than grandpa, but there are touches and tastes of rock, New Orleans and other styles, and according to information from Bloodshot Records, Justin’s influences include the Replacements, Jimmy Reed, Kurt Cobain, Ray Charles and the Pogues, reflecting some of his pasts musical efforts.

On “The Good Life,” several good songs all but jump out at you, including the almost perfect honky tonker “The Good Life,” on which Earle claims that his life will be better now that he is single, especially since he seems to have more money to spend on himself, but you can tell they won’t be such good times. There is some great steel guitar and fiddle on the song. “Hard Living,” which is what his lover seems to make him go through to be with her, is a fast, shuffling country/folk song, while another standout, “Lone Pine Hill,” is the sad, acoustic country story of a Confederate soldier realizing that the South is losing or has lost the Civil War and no longer knowing what he fought for. “Who Am I to Say” is basically Earle’s voice, acoustic guitar and a bit other spare accompaniment as he sings about knowing that his woman has been cheating on him while he was gone, but he comes to realize that he is no one to judge her on this or on her boozing and drug abuse. She still has feelings for him, which seem to worry him, because they may be igniting latent feelings he still has for her.

A recent story on Earle on NPR can be, or at least should be, found here, and yes, Justin Townes Earle was named after the late, great Texas singer and songwriter Townes Van Zandt, a hero of Steve Earle; Justin has played in his fathers’ band.

Admission to the Justin Townes Earle show is $10, and opening the show will be Louisiana Purchase and Joey V and the Thunder Bros. Mohawk Place can be contacted at 855-3931.


Anonymous lomax said...

bloodshot records rules

10:43 AM  

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