Justin Townes Earle Dies at 38 | Billboard

Was saddened last night to hear of the passing of singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle. His father Steve Earle is on my Mount Rushmore of music artists and I have also followed Justin’s career from his first album. He was quite a songwriter himself. Imagine at birth carrying the last name of Earle and the middle name of another great songwriter- Townes Van Zandt. Justin had battled addiction since his teenage years. Thirty-eight is much too young.

Justin released eight albums from his debut in 2008 until his final album last year. My favorite songs of his- is from my favorite album of his- the title track from Harlem River Blues- released in 2010.


7 responses to “JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE 1982-2020

  1. You are just getting started at 38. I saw his reviews for his last album last year were really good..it’s a shame.

    • Steve Earle at the same age served a brief time in prison for drugs- he would later say it was a good thing- he came out clean- for some reason he was able to survive. Sadly for Justin- he didn’t.

  2. I’m not familiar with them at all, but what a nice, mellow song you posted.
    Creativity is a double-edged sword for so many. It’s extremely sad that such passion, for whatever it is, gets cut short.

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